Sixth Sunday of Easter
Acts 10: 25-26, 34-35, 44-48
I John 4:7-10
John 15: 9-17
I am looking for something. No one move! Go up to someone holding a child and say, “This is the image we all need to come to understand of what God is telling us in our readings today!”
If we can come to understand this image, we will do well in life.
In our Gospel, Jesus commands his disciples to love one another. Our response is, “Love is a free choice. It is not a command?” In human terms, that is correct, but we need to learn what true freedom is. Jesus says it a command, because we are to remain in him. A better translation instead of “remain” is “abide in me.” Jesus is telling us, “The beginning of love is in me. Please do not see me as far away and unreachable. See the world through me, and love is reachable.”
Jesus also tells us why we need to “abide” in his love, and that is so our joy may be complete. When we abide in his love, when we see the world from the arms of God, and our joy may be complete.
To bring his point home even further, Jesus says, “I no longer call you a slave, but I call you friends!” Jesus is redefining his relationship with his disciples from their master to a friend. When you are best friends with someone and ask something of us, we gladly do whatever a friend asks of us.
My friends in Christ, if we need any more evidence of what Jesus is telling us, then come before the cross, kneel, and realize that the arms of Jesus are opened wide because he wants to wrap us up to his body.
The Eucharist we share is the living example of God’s great love for us. May we learn to love this week!