A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC
July 29, 2016
May 24, 2020
NOTES FROM DEACON PAREJA
May 16, 2020
As we celebrated Mother’s Day last weekend, I couldn’t help but take time to reflect on my own Mother who passed away in 1996. Whenever I reflect on mom, it’s always with memories of joy and happiness. Although it was tough to lose her when I was only 30 years-old, I always knew that she was there for me. She was my greatest cheerleader. She encouraged me to follow my dreams. She was there to pick me up whenever I stumbled. In short, she was my advocate.
From my earliest memories of Mom to the day she died, I knew one thing: she loved me. With all my faults and with all of my imperfections, I knew her love never wavered. Sure, I am certain that there were moments where I disappointed her, and I know that there were times that I made her angry, but even in those difficult times, her love for me remained unchanged.
My experience with my Mom is likely the closest comparison that I can make for how Jesus must have felt for his disciples. No matter what challenges and difficulties His disciples were having, He loved them. This is evident in today’s gospel passage.
Today’s gospel starts with love and it ends with love. As Jesus continues to prepare His disciples for His ascension into heaven, He wants to make sure that they understand that His love for them will never end. Like a parent, He has expectations for them to follow. He expects them to keep His commandments.
Jesus continues explaining to His disciples that even though He has left them, they will never be alone. The Father will send an Advocate to guide them and because they love Him, they will embrace the Advocate’s presence when others cannot see or know Him. They will never be abandoned.
Love comes full circle. Whoever loves Christ will be loved by the Father and Christ, in turn, loves the one who loves Him. He will watch over them, protect them, guide them and lead them into the Kingdom of Heaven. We are living in the midst of some difficult times. Some might say that the challenges that we are currently facing with this pandemic in nothing short of scary. We might feel alone and afraid because we are uncertain of the short term and long-term impacts of this global crisis. Now is not
the time to turn away from Jesus. To the contrary, now is the time pour out our love for Him.
If we love Jesus and believe in Him, He will watch over us, protect us, guide us and lead us to everlasting life in heaven. He is our Savior, our Advocate, and our Father. In Him, all things are possible.
I continue praying for all of you that you remain safe and healthy!