5-6-2018 Reflection

Jesus said to his disciples: As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love.

Jesus teaches the disciples: No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. Jesus set the example, by His Passion and death. Jesus’s love must be the model for our own. We give of what God gave to us… our time, abilities and financial resources. While everyone may not have money to give, we all have love, time and abilities.

We remain in Jesus’s love when we stay faithful to our daily prayer, Scripture reading, the sacraments and especially in serving the least of our brothers and sisters – serving as Jesus showed us how to serve. These things will keep us connected to Jesus.

We strive to do our best to stay close to Jesus – to think, speak and act in the love of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit will then shape and change us. We see the power of the Holy Spirit poured out on the Roman centurion, Cornelius and other Gentiles in today’s first reading. While Peter was still speaking these things, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who were listening to the word. The Holy Spirit had already come upon the disciples at Pentecost.

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God, everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God.

God bless us all always! Deacon Mike

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