‘If you love me, you will keep my commandments’.
Our Gospel reading this week opens with a seemingly straightforward statement. In John’s Gospel Jesus only gives us one commandment:
‘I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.’
This week in the Gospel reading Jesus reminds us who he is. He describes himself as the gatekeeper to the sheepfold. He calls his sheep, us, by name. We are free to roam but he is there to care for us.
This Sunday would have been our Second Sunday service. We would have marked Rogation Sunday. Rogation is one of the four agricultural festivals celebrated by the Church of England. The other three are Harvest in the autumn, Plough Sunday in January and Lammas in August.
This week we meet Jesus again. This time he joins two disciples travelling to Emmaus. They do not recognise him even though he, ‘beginning with Moses and all the prophets, interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.’ He was only made known to them in the breaking of the bread.