Being Reminded

Spirit-n-CommandmentsThe gospel for today is part of a longer section of John’s Gospel known by various names, but is easily understood and seen as a final farewell to his disciples as his arrest in Gethsemane is lingering on the horizon. It has formed the daily gospels for a while now. This “Farewell Discourse” has distinct components. First, Jesus tells the disciples that he will be going away to the Father, that he will send the Holy Spirit to guide the disciples. Jesus bestows peace on the disciples and commands them to love one another. The expression of the unity of love between Jesus and his Father, in the Spirit, as it applies to his disciples in the love of Christ, is a key theme in the discourse, manifested by several reiterations of the New Commandment: “love one another as I have loved you.”

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