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Obedience Now!

If anyone loves Me he will keep My Word
John 14:23-29

Sermon Topic Jesus Christ: Word of

Sermon Week Sixth Sunday of Easter Cycle C

Scripture Summary John 14:23


A businessman's wife and their three-year-old daughter were seeing him off at the airport. Waiting at the departure gate, they were informed over the public address system that the flight would be delayed due to heavy fog conditions. The mother explained to the child her daddy wouldn't be leaving for a while. "The plane has been grounded," she said. "Why was it grounded," the little girl asked, "did it disobey its parents?"

The mother of a fifteen-year-old girl was anxious about her daughter's recently acquired independent attitude. Among other things, she had been spending most of her allowance on perfume, contrary to her mother's instructions. Finally, the mother said to her daughter, "Didn't I tell you not to use so much perfume? I can smell it a mile away!" "But mother," the girl replied, "I love this perfume. It's called "Gorgeous," and when I wear Gorgeous, I feel gorgeous." To which the mother replied, "I wish you would wear one called "Obedient."

Today's Gospel Reading contains a portion of Jesus' "Farewell Discourses." It begins with a call for obedience. Jesus already has made it clear to the disciples that He is about to leave them:

My little children
I shall not be with you much longer...
Do not let your hearts be troubled.
Trust in God still, and trust in Me...
I am going now to prepare a place for you,
and after I have gone and prepared you a place,
I shall return to take you with Me;
o that where I am you may be too (Jn. 13:33, 14:1, 2-3).

Having said that, Jesus now says to the disciples:

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 (Jn. 14:23).

"If anyone loves Me he will keep My Word." Jesus does not ask us to obey Him out of obligation, or out of fear, or out of a desire to get something from Him. Rather He wants us to obey out of love for Him. We don't follow Jesus because [...]

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