It is all about LOVE…

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

FOURTH SATURDAY OF EASTER

ST. MATTHIAS, APOSTLE

14 May 2022

WORD of the DAY 

Jesus said to his disciples: “As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love.
If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.
“I have told you this so that my joy might be in you and your joy might be complete.
This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father. It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. This I command you:  love one another.”
(John 15: 9-17)

How shall I live this Word?  

Just as the apostle Matthias was needed to complete the number of apostles after the perdition of Judas, so these words of Jesus, heard in the Gospel, are not an added corollary to Scripture, but its constituent part. Without love, in fact, which explains and substantiates every commandment, there would be only laws. In the same way, without the example of Jesus there would be no apostles, and without the Spirit poured out on the Church, who continually renews and enlivens the word of Christ throughout history, Christianity would be reduced to the standard of a philosophy. Jesus is credible when He speaks of love, because whoever listens to Him feels known and loved personally by Him. True love needs a qualified witness; the disciple can only learn what is seen achieved. Each of us can only manifest ourselves by the sentiment within us, and aspire to become like the model.

Today let us say, ‘I love you’ to those near and dear. It is often difficult to say because it is the strongest feeling we have, and the one we most often try to hide.

The Voice of the Poet Ovid

As long as it is lawful and I can, I try to hide my ardor/yet love, however hidden, shows itself.

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