My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. (Jn 15, 12)
A reading from the Book of the Acts of the Apostles
The Apostles and presbyters, in agreement with the whole Church,
decided to choose representatives
and to send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas.
The ones chosen were Judas, who was called Barsabbas,
and Silas, leaders among the brothers.
This is the letter delivered by them:
“The Apostles and the presbyters, your brothers,
to the brothers in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia
of Gentile origin: greetings.
Since we have heard that some of our number
who went out without any mandate from us
have upset you with their teachings
and disturbed your peace of mind,
we have with one accord decided to choose representatives
and to send them to you along with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,
who have dedicated their lives to the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
So we are sending Judas and Silas
who will also convey this same message by word of mouth:
‘It is the decision of the Holy Spirit and of us
not to place on you any burden beyond these necessities,
namely, to abstain from meat sacrificed to idols,
from blood, from meats of strangled animals,
and from unlawful marriage.
If you keep free of these,
you will be doing what is right. Farewell.’“
And so they were sent on their journey.
Upon their arrival in Antioch
they called the assembly together and delivered the letter.
When the people read it, they were delighted with the exhortation.
From the Gospel according to John
Jesus said to his disciples:
“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.”
FRIDAY of 5th of WEEK Easter
T. Bernardino Sienna, Priest
Dear People of God,
Before Jesus left to die, He admonished His disciples: “Keep my commandment, which is: Love one another as I have loved you, and remain in My Love.
Jesus taught his disciples to have a fraternal relationship with one another. He wanted the best for His disciples, so He advised them: “Love”. Because only love can bring life, joy, and happiness to people.
Those who remain in God’s love, God will show them what God does; And whatever you ask, He will give. What Jesus Christ promised is always true, and He is never unfaithful.
Jesus said, “You did not choose me, but I chose you, and appointed you, that you should go and bear much fruit…” Thus, each person’s vocation is arranged by God. God sees what is good for someone, then God gives the duty to that person. But the most important thing that God wants people to live is: “Love”. Only by living in love can people bear much fruit. But in order to bear much fruit, one must sacrifice oneself, one must know how to give, one must know how to prune unnecessary things, in order to bear as much fruit as God calls.
God invites everyone to live and follow His Word: to love, and to remain in God’s love, by spreading that love to others. Only a sign of love that pleases God can prove that it comes from God. And if there is no love, it does not come from God.
Those chosen by God should live showing signs of love, forgiveness, humility, smallness, and simplicity before God. And so, by these signs people will know that these are truly God’s disciples, God’s chosen ones. But if you do not live according to God’s instructions, there is jealousy, envy, hatred, anger, and criticism of each other, it comes from satan, it will not be a sign of God’s love, and will not bear the fruit of bringing many souls to God.
Love always requires sacrifices and losses, but will bring many happy fruits. As Jesus Christ himself offered himself for humanity, to save so many souls; those are the good fruits, which Jesus offers to God the Father.
God bless you and peace be with you!