Church of England Diocese of Norwich Ringland

Thought for the week 17th May

16 May 2020, 8:30 p.m.

Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me.                                                 John 14 : 19 - 21

Reading : John 14 : 15 - 21

Thought for the week

We’ve had a lot of instructions over the past few months, beginning with when we were still meeting together. I remember, ‘Do not physically share the peace’. ‘Do not sit near others if you feel unwell’. And later, ‘receive Communion in the bread only’.

How many have we all received since then! At one point there was a debate between guidelines, instructions and commands. Jesus tells us in our Gospel this week, those who love Him will keep His Commandments.

Jesus gave many commandments. ‘Repent’, ‘follow’, ‘seek’, ‘forgive’, ‘be reconciled’, ‘trust in Him’. All the Government instructions we’ve been given have been for our own good. To save lives and end the pandemic.

The Lord is the source of life and love. His commandments bring life, and freedom, purpose and hope for the whole world.

So Jesus summarises them all. ‘Love the Lord your God’. And ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’. Jesus showed us what true love is on the Cross. This is the kind of love, His love, that changes everything. May we love as He loves us.

Rev Paul