Homily (Reflection) for Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter (28th April, 2016) on the Gospel
(Saint Peter Chanel, P.M., Opt. Mem)


Acts 15:7-21;
Ps 95:1-3.10. (R. cf. v.3);
Jn 15:9-11.

Topic: Abiding in Christ’s love.

In yesterday’s gospel, Jesus began a teaching on Himself in which figuratively He identified Himself as the true vine, His Father vinedresser, and His followers the branches. Today’s gospel is the continuation of the teaching. And it reads,

As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.

Although one can easily claim to be keeping Christ’s commandments, however Saint James rightly concludes,

...whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it. For the one who said, ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ also said, ‘You shall not commit murder. Now if you do not commit adultery but if you murder, you have become a transgressor of the law (Jas 2:10-11).

We must therefore strive harder and harder to keep Christ’s commandments so that we can abide in His love. Remember that apart from Him, we are nothing, cf. Jn 15:5. In tomorrow’s gospel, Jesus will spell out His commandments.

Bible Reading: Jas 2:8-13.

Thought for today: Keeping Christ’s commandments.

Let us pray: Lord, help us to abide in your love always by keeping all your commandments – Amen.

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