Our scripture this week is John 14:15-21.

On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. John 14:20

Jesus continues to teach us how we are connected to the Father through Him and to each other. When asked what was the greatest commandment, He answered “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37-39). He tells us that our relationship with God and our brothers and sisters is the most important thing of all.

When we ignore or forget this association we “disconnect” from the way God would have us go. Only by loving God and our neighbor are we able to accomplish our purpose. We are not living fully without this relationship.

Jesus wants the disciples (and us) to understand how vital this is to our salvation and being able to continue His work. Some have compared it to being plugged in to a power source – if we are connected, God’s grace and love flow through us to be shared with the world. We are called to pass on what God has given us to everyone.

Loving Lord, we are amazed and humbled that You choose us for your work here on earth. Help us to be enthusiastic workers, powered by our relationship with You. Amen.

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