To pray with this gospel text, place yourself in the cenacle with Jesus. Be mindful of when these words were spoken. It is Passover and people wondered if Jesus would stay away because of the threats against his life. He has begun his final and greatest lesson in a ritual of washing feet as an example of servant-leader. There is underlying turmoil with suspicion of betrayal and denial by some. We need to pause and hear the words: “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.”
Jesus predicts his death as a return to the Father, a return to the one who sent him into the world. To those wondering where Jesus was going he said; “I go to prepare a place for you.” Ponder the love that goes into this preparation to enable our mortal bodies to become a dwelling for the holiness of God. Feel the intensity of divine love claiming their place in your life. This presence comes through the Eucharist.
Prior to Pentecost set aside time with the Advocate to listen in prayer and intercede for the suffering of the multitudes from injustice and evil intent. Christ continues to suffer death on many crosses. Death is a return to the Father. The Spirit comes down upon the gifts of our lives and indwells us with Christ sent from the Father to accomplish the promise of peace.
St. Peter Julian was drawn to his inner cenacle in prayer, and found there the ongoing work of the Holy Spirit. In prayer, his heart became inflamed with zeal to make known the love of the Father.
Are you are willing to die to yourself as a return to the Father’s love dwelling in you?
Let us pray:
Too often, divine Guest, I fail in offering proper hospitality. I tell you to make yourself at home while I stay busy about many passing things. I live with a divided heart that is anxious and troubled by the sins of the world and mine own. Set a fire in my heart to burn with the divine love of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.
Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)