A reading from the gospel according to John 14:21-26:
21 Jesus said to his disciples: “Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me. Whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him.”
22 Judas, not the Iscariot, said to him, “Master, then what happened that you will reveal yourself to us and not to the world?”
23 Jesus answered and said to him, “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.
24 Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; yet the word you hear is not mine but that of the Father who sent me.
25 “I have told you this while I am with you.
26 The Advocate, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.”
Even as Jesus was talking about love, the apostle Judas, not Iscariot, butted in to ask something that puzzled him and perhaps including the other apostles. They were eating their last supper together and Jesus was giving them, shall we say, His last will and testament. Judas put the question of why say all of these things to us only and not to the whole world. It is rather odd because it is not obvious to him. If the apostles who have been with Jesus for three years cannot understand things like the way to the Father, the outside world is in a more difficult situation to comprehend the mysteries that Jesus wanted them to know.
Jesus formed a small community of disciples to become the seed of His kingdom. At first, they were hard at understanding the many why’s and how’s of their association with Jesus. Yet Jesus patiently guided them. Still, they were clueless of what was happening and what Jesus was talking about. So He promised them not to worry because He will send them the Advocate who will teach and remind them of everything. Now we know what happened during and after Pentecost. The apostles became very fierce preachers and some of them even performed miracles.
Indeed, there are many things that we do not understand now. We can only trust in the love of Jesus and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We pray that in due time, Jesus will reveal to us what we need to know.
Dear Jesus, send forth your Holy Spirit to help us fully understand your message and follow your commandments. Amen.