Posted by: livingscripture | May 13, 2012

Sixth Sunday of Easter

From the Word of the Day

“I have told you this so that my joy may remain in you and your joy might be complete.”

                                                    (John15: 9-17)                                                                                                                                                               


How should we live this Word 

Yesterday we spoke of the ‘price tag’ for following Christ.  Today we have the other side of the coin, the joy that Jesus promises us for remaining faithful to Him.  Christianity is not a religion of sorrow but of joy, true joy that only Our Lord can give us.  We have been created for joy, the joy of being God’s friends, of belonging to Him, and of being loved by Him.  Although we may have to suffer for a while here, what is promised far outweighs any transitory trial.

What is the source of this joy?  It comes from living in the Father’s will, just as Jesus did.  He was always totally in control, serene, trusting because He abandoned Himself fully to the Father and desired only to please Him in all things.  He was confident of His Father’s love and returned love for love.

Jesus has revealed all this to us, His friends, who are ready to lay down our life for Him and for our sisters and brothers.  Does this seem quite beyond our possibility?  Sure it is!  But we rely on divine strength and not our own.  As Jesus is the source of our joy, so too is He the power to do what He asks.  By remaining in Him through love, we are sure of His continuous presence and assistance.  We are never alone but grafted securely onto Him.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask Our Lord for a more lively faith in His love and in His presence and for the desire and firm will to do what God asks of me moment by moment.

Dearest Lord, I have no pretentions about my own strength.  I know I am fragile and easily vacillate even with the best of intentions.  Take over my life with Your Presence and power that I may imitate Your loving obedience to the Father. 

The voice of Fr. Ceslaus Spico, OP, Theologian & Scripture Scholar 

Jesus had only one desire, to do His Father’s will.  He did exactly what would please God.  His whole life was directed by the agreement of their wills, in the smallest details as well as in the supreme sacrifice.  The Lord is telling His disciples the secret of His pure and simple joy.

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