June 15, 2024     4:59 pm
92. Week of First Sunday in Lent - Sunday
I will not leave you comfortless.
          I will not leave you comfortless.   John 14:18
          Thus the departing Saviour spoke to His grieving disciples. How, then, would He not leave them comfortless? - "If you love Me; keep my commandments," He said first. He that truly believes in Jesus loves Him, and he proves his love by keeping, and holding fast to, Jesus' commandments and instructions. Such are Jesus' true disciples. To them the Lord said and says: "And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever." And who is He? "The Spirit of Truth," the Holy Spirit, who proceeds from the Father and from the Son, who through the Word of Truth divinely and mightily strengthens and comforts the hearts of Jesus' disciples, and always directs to Jesus. This Comforter the unbelieving world cannot receive, because they do not see Him, neither do they know Him; they are incapable of comprehending His comfort; His Word of Truth, of which the essential Christ, is altogether foreign to them. But Jesus' disciples know this Comforter. It is He who through His Word brought them to Jesus in faith. And He will abide with them, and be in them, and comfort them, and divinely and mightily strengthen and comfort them, and always direct them to Jesus. It is in this manner that Jesus would not leave them comfortless. Thus He will come to them through the Holy Spirit, and the comfort that the Spirit gives. "Yet a little while," He said to His disciples, "and the world sees Me no more; but you see Me," in the comforting light of the Holy Spirit. "Because I live, you shall live also," in the life of the comfort of faith, which the Holy Spirit works in you. "On that day you shall know that I am in the Father, and you in Me, and I in you. He that has My commandments, and keeps them, he it is that loves Me," and is My true disciple. And he that loves Me shall be loved by My Father, and I will love him, and I will manifest Myself to him," through the Holy Spirit, to his great comfort. Are the disciples of Jesus comfortless? No, "I will not leave you comfortless," says Jesus. Meditate on this blessed truth. (John 14:15-21.)
          PRAYER: - Lord Jesus, who through cross and death and resurrection and ascension entered into the glory of Your Father, and is no longer visible to Your disciples and Christians on earth, I thank You that, nevertheless, You did not leave us comfortless, but come to us through Your Word and the enlightenment of Your Holy Spirit, and reveal Yourself to us, and abundantly comfort us with Your nearness, though unseen, and with Your great love. Bestow this great comfort upon me too, O Lord, richly and daily, that I may rejoice in Your love, and exultantly finish the course leading to the mansions of the Father. Amen. .

First Part : Festival Season
June 15, 2024     4:59 pm