39 Friday 04-10
John 14:22-31

22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to him,
“Lord, how is it that you will reveal yourself to us, and not to the world?”
23 Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will keep my word,
and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.
24 Whoever does not love me does not keep my words;
and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me.
25 “I have said these things to you while I am still with you.
26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name,
will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.
27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives.
Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.
28 You heard me say to you, “I am going away, and I am coming to you.’
If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father,
because the Father is greater than I.
29 And now I have told you this before it occurs,
so that when it does occur, you may believe.
30 I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming.
He has no power over me;
31 but I do as the Father has commanded me,
so that the world may know that I love the Father.
Rise; let us be on our way.

The advocate, of whom Jesus speaks, has a still and quiet voice.
To hear his words, one must become quiet and still and listen carefully.
That is the hallmark of meditation and prayer;
it is the careful listening that follows the heartfelt asking.