Sixth Sunday of Easter

Great farewell speeches have been written and delivered in literature and history like the one given by Lou Gehrig when he retired from baseball due to a disease named after him. But the best farewell speech of all time is the one that the Johannine School provides in Chapters 14-17 of the Gospel of John. Jesus is so concerned about his followers. He reminds them to keep his commandments, especially the commandment of love. He promises that he will give them an “advocate”, a helper. He assures them that he will not leave them orphaned. Most of all he tells them that he will be in them and they in him just as he is in the Father and the Father is in him. Finally, he lets them know that he will love and reveal himself to them. No one has delivered a better farewell!

Grace and Peace, Father Reggie