Posted by: livingscripture | May 7, 2012

Fifth Monday of Easter

From the Word of the Day

“Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me.”

                                                    (John 14: 21-26)                                                                                                                                                               


How should we live this Word

Yesterday, Jesus asked us to remain in Him.  In today’s Gospel, He gives us a clear indication of how to remain and to enter ever more deeply into Him; to have and to observe His commandments.  These are not burdensome in themselves for they light the way to happiness and peace both for the individual and for society as a whole.  To render it even more understandable, Jesus summarized them in the Great Commandment of Love and in the Golden Rule.  We are to love God with our entire self and above all things, and to love our neighbor as our self.  We are to treat others as we wish to be treated.  Truly, herein is contained all wisdom of right living that would avoid violence, wars, anger, jealousy, vendettas and even poverty and hunger.

Yet, we find so many obstacles to their practice in our every day life, beginning with our own lassitude, indifference, limitations, and negative tendencies.  Added to this, we face external circumstances in society at large that seems to have lost all sense of balance in regard to what is just and true.

However, being true to Christ has never been easy.  We have only to read history or the lives of saints and martyrs to realize this.  Yet, we know that Jesus does not ask the impossible of us and always provides the wherewithal to do His will.  When we become convinced of this, then the struggle is possible and even brings joy and peace.  The more we seek to follow His commands in our every day life, the more rooted we become in Christ, and the more His grace flows into us, giving us strength and courage.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will ponder on the commands Jesus has given us, confronting them with my daily choices.  I will ask for the grace to remain in Jesus by living them more fully.

Lord, You have given me clear directives for my life in You.  Help me to obey You, to rely on You, to love You more each day. 

The voice of Fr. Lorenzo Scupoli, Theatine Priest 

When at last we surrender ourselves entirely to God, God is actively present in us, both in showing us what we must do and in fulfilling it.

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