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6th Sunday of Easter

May 9, 2021

The heartbeat of our scriptures this weekend is “love.” This is especially appropriate for us as we celebrate Mother’s Day and recall the heartbeat of care that comes to us through our mothers. 

Our Gospel passage from St. John comes from Jesus’s discourse at the Last Supper. We recall that we heard last Sunday the first half of the parable of the True Vine. This week we hear the second half.  Jesus instructs his disciples to follow the commandments, love God, love one another, remain in him, and bear fruit for the glory of God. The words he offers to his disciples (he offers to us). Jesus tells the disciples that these words are not to be a burden that causes worry or more to do, but instead to bring the fullness of joy to life.

Like today’s Gospel passage the heartbeat of love beats strongly in our second reading from the First Letter of John. We hear “God is love.” Notice that the letter is addressed to the “beloved.” The love of God is expansive and global, yet also intimate and personal. It is revealed most fully in Jesus, the Son of God, and our brother.

You heard in the Gospel, Jesus expresses his desire that “my joy may be in you … and your joy might be complete.” Where do you find your greatest joy at this moment in your life?

How are you reflecting God’s love to others?

I pray that our mothers living, and deceased may know the fullness of God’s love and our love.

Have a blessed week!  Fr. Len

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