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The Deep End – we will come to them

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In a verse preceeding today’s Gospel the disciples ask Jesus why he will not show the whole world who he is. It’s an excellent question. Surely this whole faith – journey experience and relationship with God, would be far easier if there were fireworks and clear instructions.
 
Jesus’s response to the disciples is ‘Those who love me will keep my word, and my father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.’
 
These are the opening words of today's Gospel, It reminds us that what is required first is an inner relationship with God, so that God can come and make a home with us: ‘ we will come to them and make our home with them.’ It is there that we discover who Jesus is.

The peace (shalom) that Jesus gives to the discipls has a much richer meaning than we might first think. This ‘shalom’ is not simply a good wish for a nice evening, it is rather a peace which this world cannot offer. It is a peace that comes from a loving relationship with God, a peace of body, of mind and of spirit.
 
Jesus is asking the disciples to be an unending witness to God’s love.

They (and we) must be for others what Jesus has been for them. In this way we and the world will come to see who Jesus really is.
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