FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
MAY 14, 2021 EASTER FRIDAY 6
St. Matthew Apostle
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?
“As the Father has loved me, I too have loved you. Remain in my love….This is my commandment: love one another as I have loved you. No one has a greater love than this: to lay down his life for his friends” (Jn 15: 9-13). The same disciple will repeat in his first letter: “Dear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God: whoever loves has been generated by God and knows God. Whoever does not love has not known God, because God is love” (1 Jn 4,7-8). Again in this letter, it is stated that “we love because he first loved us” therefore, “If anyone says: ‘I love God’ and hates his brother, he is a liar.’ Indeed, whoever does not love his brother whom he sees cannot love God whom he does not see.” And thus the conclusion: “this is the commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother” (1 Jn 4: 19-21). I don’t think there can be a more effective synthesis. The verses we have just heard lead us immediately to reflect on our Christian life and on the style of our Christian communities so that we can ask ourselves if we know how to live the message of Jesus coherently. He clearly tells us that the way to be His disciples is only that of Love. To be friends of Christ, as He wishes, we are called to “love one another” in a concrete way, to take care of those who are more fragile, weak, poor. That “remain in my love” offers us a certainty: God loves me as I am, regardless of me; He said “Yes” to us before we said “Yes” to Him. Are we are willing to say our ‘Yes’ to love for the life of others? We can decide whether or not to remain within this love, because we are created free to choose but with the awareness that the reason for staying and repaying Love with love for our brother and sister is only this: “So that my joy may be in you and your joy be complete.”
Lord, I ask You for the gift of knowing how to remain in Love to learn in my turn to love as You love! Lord, teach me LOVE!.
The Voice of St. Francis de Sales, Patron of the Salesian Family
The world was born of love, is supported by love, goes towards love and enters love.
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