14th of May

Publié le 13 Mai 2020

Gospel text

 (Jn 15,9-17): 

 

Jesus said to his disciples, «As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; remain in my love. You will remain in my love if you keep my commandments, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and remain in his love.

»I have told you all this, that my own joy may be in you and your joy may be complete. This is my commandment: love one another as I have loved you. There is no greater love than this, to give one's life for one's friends; and you are my friends if you do what I command you. I shall not call you servants any more, because servants do not know what their master is about. Instead I have called you friends, since I have made known to you everything I learned from my Father.

»You did not choose me; it was I who chose you and sent you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last. And everything you ask the Father in my name, he will give you. This is my command, that you love one another».

 

The Application

 

How God loved Jesus  and how Jesus loved God? Revealing to the Son the divine will, and searching and accomplishing this will, they mutually loved. Was it always easy for Jesus and can the father joyfully remain silent while His only begotten son was crucified? Certainly no. If you can remove this bitter cup and why did you abandoned me were certain practical examples of Jesus’s difficulty. Jesus responded by telling, ‘let thy will be done and into your hand I surrender my Spirit.’ It will be the same for us, the disciples of Jesus.

How Jesus loved us and how should we love Jesus ? By revealing the divine will to us, Jesus loved us and we have to search daily the divine will and try in our limited way, to accomplish all that we have learned from Jesus. Only by abiding to the commandment of love that we ca love Jesus. This abiding is not always possible, though not impossible. Today Jesus is promising to us that in accomplishing the divine will, He had the joy and wishes the same to us, the same in its fulness. However, it comes with the condition of adhering, willingly to this love.

In every moment of life, in our ups and downs, it is important that we realize that we are called, chosen, anointed and sent to the world.  Sometime, we may come back to the zero point, or in the carrefour without any outlet or sortie. It’s possible that we may have to make a pause or brutally forced to stop. Let’s not be disappointed. We are all the pilgrims orienting ourselves towards the heavenly abode, and on this eternal journey, we remain faithful, as the witness of God’s love and through us, a sign of divine hope to the whole creation.

On this day, let’s not forget the invitation of the Holy Father, to the call for prayer and fasting.

 

Action of the day : Be person of love.

«I have told you all this, that my own joy may be in you and your joy may be complete»

+ Fr. Josep VALL i Mundó
(Barcelona, Spain)

Today, the Church remembers the day when the Apostles chose the disciple of Jesus who was to replace Judas Iscariot. In one of his homilies St. John Crisostom quite rightly says: «When we are to opt for persons who must have a certain responsibility we may have to face certain rivalries or discussions». This is why St. Peter «simply ignores the envy that it might have arisen», and leaves it up to chance and divine inspiration, thus, avoiding such possibility. And this Father of the Church goes on saying: «And it just so happens that quite often important decisions may be very upsetting».

In today's Gospel, our Lord speaks to the Apostles of the joy they should have: that «my own joy may be in you and your joy may be complete» (Jn 15:11). And, sure enough, a Christian, like Matthias, will happily live with a quiet joy if he assumes the various events of life from the grace of divine filiation; otherwise, he is bound to be carried away by false annoyances, foolish jealousies or some kind of prejudice or other. Joy and peace are always fruit of the exuberance of our apostolic commitment and of our struggle to become saints. It is the logic and supernatural outcome of love for God and of a spirit of service towards our fellowmen.

Romano Guardini wrote: «The source of joy is to be found in a person's deeper intimacy (...). It is there where God resides. Then, joy widens and makes us glitter. And all that is beautiful can be perceived by us in all its brilliance». When we feel unhappy we must know how to pray along with St. Thomas More: «Lord, give me a sense of humor and I will find happiness in life and profit for others». And, let us not forget St. Teresa of Avila also begged: «O Lord, save me from these sullen-faced saints, for a sad saint is a sorry saint».

 

 

Rédigé par JOHNBOSCO

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