As the Father Loves Me

Sixth Sunday of Easter
Reading I: Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 98:1, 2-3, 3-4
Reading II: 1 John 4:7-10
Gospel: John 15:9-17

“As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love.” (Jn 15:9)

We are invited to love each other as Jesus loved us. He invites us to remain in his love. We were created in the image and likeness of God, and we are meant to be a reflection of his love. Eve was created from Adam’s rib, the bone closest to his heart. Human relationships are meant to be loving. Yet, the world promotes its own kind of love. There is love for delicious food, luxuries, entertainment, success, popularity, comfort and possessions. Remaining in Jesus’ love unites us with people. Living in the world’s love can turn them into opponents or victims.
God’s love is a redeeming love, it is meant to make us grow in goodness. It is demanding and faithful as Jesus showed by his death on the cross. Many martyrs imitated it by dying for their faith. For us, it means mainly to be obedient to God’s commandments. It is not a matter of dying on a cross but of living for the welfare of others. It is a choice of love for people whom they do not even know over the desire for a comfortable life.
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