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Homily (Reflection) for Friday of the Fifth Week of Easter (19th May, 2017) on the Gospel

Acts 15:22-31;
Ps 56:8-12. (R. v. 10);
Jn 15:12-17.
Topic: Christ’s commandments.
Today’s gospel is also the continuation of Jesus’ teaching that started two days ago. We remember that the condition for abiding in His love is keeping His commandments. And today, Jesus zeroed in on His commandments,
This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved 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.
Jesus addressed us further, “You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name.”
Did you notice a change from “my commandments” (Jn 15:10) to “my commandment” (Jn 15:12)? Saint Paul wrote, “The commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery, You shall not kill, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,’ and any other commandment, are summed up in this sentence, ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’” (Rom 13:9).
Christ calls on us all to love one another, not in word or speech but in deed and in truth, cf. 1Jn 3:18. Whoever wants to abide in Christ’s love must therefore love his/her neighbours as Christ loves us.
Bible Reading: 1Jn 4:7-21.
Thought for today: Follow love, cf. 2Jn 1:6.
Let us pray: May God teach us how to love as His Son Jesus Christ loves us all – Amen.

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