From Jane Burns (Curate):-

Reassurance.  How powerful that word has become.  Isn’t it what we are all looking for as we listen to the daily briefing from the government, watch the news, look at what’s trending on Twitter and Facebook or read what’s in our newspapers.  Reassurance that it’s going to be OK, reassurance that it will end.  In our Gospel reading for this Sunday reassurance is precisely what Jesus is offering his disciples ‘he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever’ … ‘I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you’. He wants them to know that it will be OK.  However he does ask for something in return – that they keep his commandment – to love God and love one another. The love that Jesus wants his disciples (us) to embrace is not an abstract philosophical concept but a reality, a reality lived out by Jesus and revealed in what he did and said, in his life and his relationships.  A love demonstrated in service and compassion, love that has as its focus the well being of all.  A love that seeks the good and welfare of others before self-interest.  A love that is sacrificial, sometimes costly. I’m sure we can think of people who have demonstrated that kind of love.  Look at the list of Nobel prize winners like Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi to name two. However, it not just famous people who demonstrate this.  In your own life think about the people who have changed your life for the good.  The likelihood is that they have loved you, even if that was at cost to themselves, until you were changed to become more than you would have been otherwise. And it’s not just the big things that people do that can be transformational, it can be the little things that happen without us realising.  There is real power in love, the love that Jesus calls us to live out in our lives. The love that Jesus offers freely as he promises his presence and the presence of the Spirit.  Christ is present among us and of that we can be assured.