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'L 993 The Message  for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 11 " Commentary -- Love and commandments: Another l ,ar, B00clete ml commentary for Sun- I 16, Sixth Sunday of I Cycle A: John 14:15-21. To{lay's gospel is a direct c.0atinuation of last Sunday's gospel, still within Jesus' Last SUpPer discourse or sermon. The last week was on faith that he and the Father 0he. The works or miracles of suggested by him as a unity with the Father the faith of his disci- If. But faith does not COntented. It overflows into so the next section, y's gospel, speaks of commandments and ins with the statement: "If you love keep my commandments." This is a Jarents might make to their chil- was not only brother and friend to ties. He was also teacher and parent. He as having called them, "my lit- We might ask just what command- esus is talking about. He actually gave one COmmandment, "that you love one an- I have loved you." The author of our however in controversial dialogue with of his day. John insists that Jesus re- Torah or Law of Moses with its com- Thus he writes that the plural for #(N FATHER DILGER COLUMNIST the one commandment of love in- cludes all the other command- ments. On this point he is in agreement with hark, Matthew. Luke, and Paul. As Paul writes in Romans 13:10: "Love does no wrong to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfilling of the law." The reason this gospel read- ing from the Last Supper dis- course was chosen at this time is the references it contains to Jesus leaving the disciples. The Church at this time relives the time be- tween the resurrection of Jesus and his ascension ending with the sending of the Spirit on Pen- tecost Sunday. Jesus makes a promise. He will not leave his disciples by themselves after his departure. They will have another "Paraclete." The word "paraclete" means an advocate, a counselor, a lawyer, a defender. The first Letter of John refers to Jesus as our paraclete or advo- cate with the Father. Now Jesus promises to send another advocate whom he calls the Spirit of Truth. An interesting statement follows, that the Spirit of Truth, this Advocate, cannot be re- ceived by the world. In the Gospel of John the "world" refers to those who refuse to accept the revelation that Jesus brings about the Father and himself. Because of this refusal to recognize the truth they become incapable of either seeing (be- lieving) or knowing the Spirit of Truth. Jesus as- sures his disciples that this Spirit will live in them. That indwelling will make them secure in love of one another and bring them to a firm con- viction "that I am in the Father, and you in me, and I in you." Those who have the Spirit within them- selves will be aware of it. The world, that is, out- siders, will not even be aware that the disciples of Jesus have the Spirit. Only other disciples will be aware of the presence of the Spirit within each other. That knowledge comes through the prac- tice of a thoroughly Christian life, a life that shows to an eminent degree: "Love one another as I have loved you." Jesus speaks of an intimate union between himself and the Father. Individual Christians are drawn into that same intimate union because the Holy Spirit "will be in you," just as that same Spirit is in Jesus who is one with the Father. Thus there is an intimate union between every Christian and all three persons of the Blessed Trinity. This intimate union is celebrated on two coming feastdays, Pentecost and Trinity Sunday. Let us join with the prayer of the Church in an- ticipation of a renewal of the Spirit-Paraclete within us. Let us be determined that the life of the Trinity within us will be obvious to those who observe our way of life. 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