When we were still children, I’m sure all if not most of us have been at one time or the other repeatedly reminded by our parents in order to warn us about several things in our lives. Be it about coming home early, not doing certain things, studying harder, our choice of friends, and many more. At some point, we may have been filled-up with such reminders we tend to already feel irritated, but that is the extent of their love for us, such that they don’t want us to commit mistakes in life.
In the Gospel of St. John this Sunday, and even in the past week, we hear it over and over again: God’s message of love.
“As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you. Remain in my love! You will remain in my love if you keep my commandments, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in His love.” (Jn. 15: 9 – 10).
During this discourse, we can read that Jesus was talking to the apostles and warning them about the trials coming ahead. Peter and Judas, two prominent personalities in these period of Jesus earthly life, had similarities and differences. Peter was rebuked for not thinking God’s way, while Judas was complaining about expensive scent being used to wash the feet of the Lord. Both were warned in today’s Gospel “you will remain in my love, if you keep My commandments”. Yet, while Peter remained rock-steady in his faith, Judas continued his plan of betrayal even as Jesus tried to convince him to change his motive, “will you betray me with a kiss?”
Just like these two contrasting personalities, time and again, Jesus would always remind us to remain in His love. Jesus loves us so much, and is even crazy for us. Yet, there are times that out of our stubbornness we continue to ignore Him. We deny Him when we are ashamed of our faith. We are Christians, but have we spent time to study our Catholic faith? Can we answer questions when other sects asked us about it? Are we different from those who have abandoned the Faith for lack of understanding and even indifference?
Let us remain in His love. But we can’t do it on our own. We need to invoke the power of the Holy Spirit to guide us in our earthly journey. We need the intercession and protection of Mary to lead us to Jesus, full of faith and confidence in His undying and great love for us.