The Advocate

If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you anotherAdvocate, to be with you forever. ~ John 14:15-16

What exactly does it mean to keep Jesus’ commandments? I mean, I know it means to love God and love our neighbor. But how do we do that? These words from Mother Theresa speak to me:

Don’t search for Jesus in far lands – He is not there. He is close to you; He is with you. Just keep the lamp burning and you will always see Him. Keep on filling the lamp with all these little drops of love, and you will see how sweet is the Lord you love.

The fullness of our heart is expressed in our eyes, in our touch, in what we write, in what we say, in the way we walk, the way we receive, the way we serve. That is the fullness of our heart expressing itself in many different ways. *

The way that Jesus is close to us is through his words from John 14 – it’s the Advocate, that is the Holy Spirit. We cannot see or touch or smell the Advocate, but because Jesus promised that’s how he would be with us forever we can trust the Spirit’s presence.

We’ll be looking for you tomorrow at 9 or 10:30 as we remind one another of the Advocate’s presence in our lives and in our world and as we remember those who serve and served to give us the opportunity to worship freely.

Dear Lord, help me spread your fragrance where I go.

Flood my soul with your spirit and life.

Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly that all my life may only be a radiance of yours.

Shine through me, and be in me, so that every soul I come in contact with may feel your presence in my soul. Let them look up and see no longer me, but only you, O Lord!

Stay with me, then I shall begin to shine as you do; to shine so as to be a light to others. The light, O Lord, will be all from you; none of it will be mine; it will be you shining on others through me.

Let me thus praise you in the way you love best, by shining on those around me.

Let me preach you without preaching, not by words but by my example, by the catching force, the sympathetic influence of what I do, the evident fullness of the love my heart bears to you.

Amen. *

Grace and peace,

* From “In the Heart of the World” Thoughts, Stories & Prayers by Mother Theresa pages 89-90

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