From today’s Gospel, from St John: ‘If a man loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him’.

St Cyril of Alexandria wrote: ‘In what way He will declare Himself and how He will take up His abode in them He goes on to declare. “For My Father will love him”, He says. For any man who has honoured by his obedience to the Son the Father from Whom He springs, will reap His love as the fruit of his conduct. Then He clearly shows what will be the issue thereof and what profit such a man will gain when He says, “I and the Father will come unto him and make Our abode with him”. For when our Saviour Christ dwells in us by the Holy Spirit, surely there too will be also His Father; for the Spirit of Christ is the Spirit of the Father Himself also … Do you see that the same Spirit is of the Father and the Son? When then the Only-begotten dwells in your hearts, the Father is not far from you: for the Son hath in Himself the Father, being of one substance with Him, and is Himself by nature in the Father’.

Today, perhaps try to make time to just be still and quietly savour the presence of the indwelling Lord, who loves each one of us with a total and everlasting love. May you know His peace and strength in your life this day, and may He bless you.