THURSDAY, FIFTH WEEK OF EASTER (Memorial of St Dominic Savio)
Reading 1: Acts 15: 7-21 The Council of Jerusalem decides that new converts need not submit to Mosaic laws and customs in order to become Christians.
Gospel: Jn 15: 9-11 Jesus continues his teaching on the primacy of love. He has loved us, so he asks his followers to “Live on in my love.”
REMAIN IN HIS LOVE
Love is the substance that binds the Holy Trinity. It is in love that God gave his only son to the world, and only in loving this son can we have eternal life and return to the Father. We profess our love for God by following his commandments. Jesus gives us the greatest commandment – to love one another just as he loves us. It is easy to love the people who love us, but quite difficult to love the ones who do not love us back. If we fill our lives with the unconditional love of Jesus, it will be easier to love those around us without any discrimination. Paul speaks of the love of God which is poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who is given to us. We just need to experience it.
Jesus does not lose any of his sheep. He does not abandon us because he loves us very much. If Jesus loves us, sinners that we are, who are we not to love our neighbours? Jesus speaks of the love that he and his Father have, for those who belong to his flock. He loves us without measure, and our love for him is a response to his exceeding mercy and kindness towards us. Jesus, through his disciples, asks us to abide in him by keeping his commandments, just as he abides in the Father, through his obedience.
The love of God has to be recognised, responded to and passed on. It is not just a ‘given’. Christians should be people of Love. Saint Dominic Savio, the teenage saint whom we celebrate today, desired to be close to Jesus, follow his teachings and become a saint at a young age. He was a person dedicated to prayer and shared his love, knowledge and awareness of God with all those he came across. Like St Dominic Savio, let us be loving branches who are always attached to Jesus, the vine. Let us enkindle our hearts with a love for Jesus and his teachings, and compassion for our neighbour. May no attachment or desire in our lives hinder us from loving God and our neighbour.
Resp. Psalm: Ps 96: 1-3, 10 Tell among all the peoples the wonders of the Lord.
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