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Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

This is the Gospel of the poor,
liberation for the imprisoned,
sight for the blind,
freedom for the oppressed.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

John 14, 21-26

Whoever holds to my commandments and keeps them is the one who loves me; and whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I shall love him and reveal myself to him.'

Judas -- not Judas Iscariot -- said to him, 'Lord, what has happened, that you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?'

Jesus replied: Anyone who loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we shall come to him and make a home in him.

Anyone who does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not my own: it is the word of the Father who sent me.

I have said these things to you while still with you;

but the Paraclete, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all I have said to you.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The Son of Man came to serve,
whoever wants to be great
should become servant of all.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The Gospel continues Jesus’ farewell discourse to his disciples. He is about to leave them, but the love he has for them does not end. He tells them, “They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me.” It is an affirmation that could seem obvious: in fact to follow the teaching of someone usually is a sign of esteem and appreciation. Jesus highlights though that to live the Gospel out formal respect is not enough. One must involve oneself with one’s entire life. And this requires the love that Jesus speaks of. The Gospel, which contains like a vessel the love of Jesus, does not propose one of the many ideologies from time to time that have guided human behaviour. The Gospel contains the very love of Jesus. In fact, this love is not the only reason for observing the commandments, but is the very substance of the commandments. To be Christian does not mean belonging to a civilization or a culture, to a club or to any human organization as nicely deserving as it is. The Gospel asks us to bind our lives to Jesus. Already in the Old Testament regarding wisdom it was noted, “Wisdom is radiant and unfading, and she is easily discerned by those who love her, and is found by those who seek her. And love of her is the keeping of her laws.” (6:12, 18) Jesus continues saying that love attracts even the heart of the Father in heaven and He will show himself to those who love him. It is the spiritual experience that each believer is called to live. Judas asks him to show himself to everyone and in a flashy way. Poor Judas who still reasons using the common messianic categories! Jesus does not respond directly to Judas’ question, but takes the opportunity to clarify what it means to see him after the resurrection: love pushes to put in practice the Gospel and the disciple becomes the dwelling place of Jesus and the Father: “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.” If love is missing, the Gospel will be only mute words and people will find themselves alone with themselves, far from God and prey to the violent and wicked force of evil. Jesus warns the disciples of this danger and promises them the Advocate: The Father himself will pour the Spirit into their hearts. The Spirit will accompany them throughout history, teaching them everything and remembering the words of Jesus which are the precious inheritance to be transmitted generation after generation. Through the action of the Spirit that helps us understand ever more deeply the Gospel, the Lord continues to be present among us and to work for the good of humanity.