Apr 27, 2008

Keeping His Commands

The Gospel Reading for today:
Jn 14:15-21

Jesus said to his disciples:
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
And I will ask the Father,
and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always,
the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept,
because it neither sees nor knows him.
But you know him, because he remains with you,
and will be in you.
I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.
In a little while the world will no longer see me,
but you will see me, because I live and you will live.
On that day you will realize that I am in my Father
and you are in me and I in you.
Whoever has my commandments and observes them
is the one who loves me.
And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father,
and I will love him and reveal myself to him.”

Keeping the commandments sounds like such an easy task. After all, they boil down to love God and love one another. So why do we fail?

I often find myself snarking at others, wishing them ill or hoping the worst. Even in the privacy of my heart this is breaking the commandments.

I'm trying to curb myself of this bad bad habit. I try to pray for that person in traffic who isn't being courteous or awake. I ask forgiveness for my evil thoughts.

Keep me in your prayers for this, please.

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