Our Gospel for this Sunday is a Gospel of beautiful promises. The first promise of God’s love and indwelling in those who love and obey Jesus. Jesus makes clear again that true love for him is shown by deeds: “Whoever loves me will keep my word.” Jesus’ word that we must keep is his command that we love one another as he has loved us. The rewards is practically a taste of heaven on earth, because Jesus promises to one who loves him and keeps his words that “my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.” The Father and the Son, and their Spirit will live in us if we obey the command of Jesus and live in mutual love.
Next, Jesus promises the gift of the Holy Spirit, the Advocate, whom the Father will send in Jesus’ name. The Advocate will teach the disciples everything that the Lord Jesus has told them. He will make them understand what Jesus did for them and for the whole world.
The third promise is peace; a peace that is not simply the absence of trouble but the inner harmony that comes from having a right relationship with God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit who live in us. This peace we can have even in the face of suffering and death. This third promise in our Gospel today, the promise of peace, is I believe truly comforting because it is a reminder to us that peace first and foremost is the presence of God. May we always have peace wherever we are and whoever we are with.