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Brief Audio Reflection "Truth and Beauty" - John 14:15-21; The Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year A
Easter is always a beginning, never an end. Ahead of us lies Christ’s Ascension into heaven and the Descent of the Holy Spirit. Ahead of the apostles and generations of the Christians lie centuries of working and waiting… faithfully building the kingdom of God, ‘til Christ comes to carry us home. The wait may be long. But it will not be lonely. Jesus tells us: I will not leave you orphaned.
There are no little lessons in this gospel. It begins and ends on a grand scale with very specific instructions on exactly how our loving God wants us to live our lives. Jesus tells us: If you love me, you will keep my commandments. What a surprising, fresh, endearing way for almighty God to instruct his creation. No pillars of fire. No stone tablets. No ringing “shall” and “shall not.” The syntax of this one sentence illustrates a new relationship with God. Jesus frames the thought in a conditional premise: If you love me. Then he pays it off with a concise statement of the inevitable results of that love: You will keep my commandments. Jesus invites us. He does not order us. He gives no imperative that we must keep his commandments. He states an obvious cause and effect: Fill your heart with love and there will be no room for hate. Fill your day with love and there will be no time for mischief.
In this gospel, form follows function. If your purpose and your practice are the beauty of Christ’s love, you will reject the ugliness of sin. If you are guided by the Spirit of Truth, you will not be false. Truth and beauty: they are gifts of the risen Christ. Cherish them. Rejoice in them. Share them today with someone you love. Alleluia!
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