A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC
July 29, 2016
May 24, 2020
May 16, 2020
Jesus spent many hours with his disciples teaching them about who he was. It took a long time for the knowledge of who Jesus was to “sink into” the consciousness of those who followed him. Jesus described himself as the Way, the Truth, and the Life. He explained that if you know him, you also know the Father. Over and over again he taught his friends and followers that if they understood who he was, then they also understood his Father; for the Father and he are one.
Today, Jesus continues to teach in the Gospel of John how important it is for all of those who believe in him to keep his commandments. He said to them,
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always.” John 14:15.
Jesus was teaching this only days before he was leaving this earth and ascending to his Father in heaven. What Jesus promised was that he would be with us always, he and his Father would be with us always through the Holy Spirit. So here we come to understand the fullness of the Blessed Trinity. God the Father, with us through his Son and the Holy Spirit, one with the Father and the Son, forever with those who are baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Jesus promised that he would be with us always, he is with us through the presence of the Holy Spirit that we received at our baptism and the fullness of which we receive in the Sacrament of Confirmation. Jesus did not abandoned his disciples. Jesus did not and will not abandon anyone who believes in him. That is not only a beautiful, heartfelt lesson, but a promise from God’s self to all humanity. As Christians we can rejoice in the knowledge that through our baptism, by the power of the Holy Spirit, God is with us; Father, Son and Holy Spirit for all time.
Let us take time to thank God for his presence in our lives, for his guidance, his companionship, his love. We are a blessed people. Blessed by a God who loves us and has a place for each of us reserved, if only we love him and keep his commandments. Learn to depend on his presence in your life that you might become through his grace, all God intended you be. Have a wonderful week!