In today’s Gospel of John, Jesus reminds us that if you love Him, you must keep the commandments. He also promises that if we do, we will be given the Holy Spirit to guide us. The Spirit of Truth will set our inner compass to serve and love God. In the First Reading from Acts, Philip and showing God’s love to the world by preaching, casting out demons and healing causing great joy among the crowds. Jesus simply asked that we love one another and this is one way of carrying out the commandments and spreading God’s love in our world.
In the Second Reading from 1 Peter, we are told that we must sanctify in our hearts Christ Jesus as Lord and be ready to share the hope we have as Christians with gentleness and reverence. Love must be at the centre of all we do. We serve Christ because we love our Creator and the created. We keep the commandments not out of fear but out of faith. We stand in Truth instead of lies. At the heart of all we do is a desire to love. When we love we see our God face to face.