Posted by: livingscripture | May 21, 2017

Sixth Sunday of Eastertide

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

May 21, 2017

SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTERTIDE

 

 

WORD of the DAY

If you love me, you will keep my commandments.  And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate  to be with you always.   (John 14 : 15-16)

How shall I live this Word?

When we really love someone, what the person says becomes precious for our heart and is translated into choices, gestures, life.  Jesus invites us to make His words become the life of our life, His suggestions, His commandments.  Even the Laws give us commands which we live for the common good.  Behind Jesus’ commands  there is not an idea but a relationship, a reciprocity, an imitation of His life style.  Only by loving Him can we love others with the love that He infuses into our heart:  His Love, the Spirit!  We observe what He says, not out of fear of transgressing, or out of duty, but for the certainty of love.  Trusting Him is the proof of our love: “If you love Me, you will keep my commandments”.

Help us Lord to take Your every Word as a precious gift; help us to assimilate them and make them the life of our life, to be Your disciples, Your friends, not in words but in actions and in truth!

The Voice of Pope Francis – Regina Coeli of Sunday, May 15, 2016

 Above all, these words remind us that love for a person, and also for the Lord, is not shown with words, but with facts.  It follows that ‘to observe the commandments’ is to be understood in the existential sense, in such a way that one’s whole life is involved.  In fact, being Christians  does not principally mean belonging to a certain culture or adhering to a certain doctrine, but rather to bind one’s life, in its every aspect, to the person of Jesus and, through Him, to the Father.  This is why Jesus promises the effusion of the Holy Spirit upon His disciples.  Precisely thanks to the Holy Spirit, the Love that unites the Father and the Son, and from them proceeds, all of us can live the very life of Jesus.  The Spirit teaches us everything; the only indispensable thing: to love as God loves.

 

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