Fifth Monday of Eastertide – Acts 14:5-18; John 14:21-26
To those who love Me I will reveal myself – says Jesus. It causes amazement. Why don’t You want to reveal Yourself to everyone? Aren’t You important, resounding, acclaimed? Why don’t You prove who You are to those who doubt You? Why don’t You show Your power to the outraged, those who persecute You?
A question repeated. Also today. Many would have followed an entirely different path if they had been in Jesus’ place. If You are God, reveal Yourself! If You are God, prove Yourself! Don’t You want to? It’s easy, like this: convince the unconvinced!
If anyone loves me he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we shall come to him and make our home with him. Those who do not love me do not keep my words – explains Jesus. I’m not saying this to convince you. I’m not a salesman who wants to sell his goods at any cost. I come with the greatest gift: I bring you the Father.
The gift does not force itself. A gift has to be accepted. Someone who does not love Me, even if he hears, will not listen.
I have also sent you a gift. Whoever wants to receive it from Us, My Father will love him, and We will come to him, and will make our home with him. I want to give it to everyone. But not by force . . .