Gospel for the Sixth Sunday of Easter: John 15:9-17
“Jesus said to his disciples: ‘As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.
I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy might be complete. This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
You are my friends if you do what I command you. I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father.
It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. This I command you: love one another.’”
What stirs in your heart at this time?
Relish that gift.
Heritage word—”With the resurrection the limitations of Jesus’ earthly existence are gone. He is present now in the believing community who through his Spirit continues to advance the kingdom of God on earth.”
(Sister Mary Kristin, 10th Superior General of the Sisters of Notre Dame)