Cycle C

Good News C25

Sixth Sunday of Easter

 

 John 14:23-29 New American Bible

http://www.usccb.org/nab/bible/john/john14.htm#v23

 

John 14:23-29 New International Version Bible Gateway 

http://www.biblegateway.com/cgi-bin/bible?language=english&version=NIV&passage=John+14%3A23-29&x=13&y=5

 

“Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.” 

 

What awesome words!  We have God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit dwelling in us.  All we have to do is keep God’s commandments.  That’s it.  I love the saying in Joshua 24:15, “As for me and my house we will serve the Lord.”  I have the saying at my front door and I have it hanging on the wall where I type these devotionals.  Is God talking about a real house or is he talking about our soul, our choices in living?  Is it possible he is talking about our whole body, mind, and spirit rather than a building? 

If God is going to live in us, then we must have a place fit for God in us.  Our body, mind, and spirit must listen and look for evidence that God surely does live within us.  How can others tell God is living with you?

When you hear the siren of an ambulance or policeman what do you do?  Do you immediately stop what you are doing and ask God to bless the people who need help?  Or do you just let the sounds fade into the background and try to forget that you heard it and do nothing.  When your brother or sister need help with their homework, do you ignore them or do you try to explain it to them in words they understand?  When you get angry, do you try to visualize what God wants you to do? Do you think about what Jesus would tell you to do if he was in your heart?  Remember what you do for everyone in your life is being done for God. Jesus said, “What you do for others, you do unto me.” 

Suppose there is a person down the street or in your class at school who just rubs you the wrong way.  You don’t understand him at all.  He doesn’t do things like you.  He doesn’t wear the same style clothing.  He wears the same clothes day in and day out.  He doesn’t like football. And to make matters worse, he is very smart.  You never see him study and he makes good grades.  It seems like everything comes so easy for him.  You say to yourself, “This isn’t fair.” 

But if you went home with them you might find out that he has glasses with a different shade.  He colors everything he does with a wish from God to help him through the day.  His parents have moved from place to place and just now have enough money to rent the house in your neighborhood.  He knows that his parents work very hard to get him to school.  He studies when he gets home.  He remembers when his whole family lived in their car and had no home at all.

In the morning when you wake up, fix your sunglasses or regular glasses. If you have contacts, then put a sticker to the right of your eye.  If you don’t have a sticker, just use your imagination. Say a prayer.  Ask God to help you see others as he sees them.  Look at yourself as God sees you.  In God’s eyes each of us is a celebrity when we follow his commandments and do his work for him.  When we show compassion, when we share knowledge, when we try to help others look at the bright side, when we pray for them in times of trouble, when we pray for others when we do not understand them, then God will put us on his stage in heaven and say, “You are my beloved son or daughter, in you I am well-pleased.”       

  Pray the “Our Father.”  Ask God to send you everything and everyone you need to do his will.  Staying on God’s path, is not always easy, but with God’s help, it is always possible.  If you forget about God, and choose evil over good, then you are pushing God away.  Tell God that you are sorry you made a mistake, and ask him to forgive you.  Then, God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit will help you restore God’s home within you.  God blesses you many times over when you do something for others, the goodness comes right back to you. That smile in the mirror is from God!  It’s a gift.  Use it.

 

 

“Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  Amen.”

              

 

 

Copyright © 2004 Joan Y. Edwards