May 15, 2022
Fifth Sunday of Easter
Christ’s own example of self-giving shows you and me how to love our neighbors and ourselves. St. John’s Gospel is so much more than a historical narrative of the life of Jesus, the Nazarian. The Gospel writer uses different literary forms to help his hearers come to understand the reality of Christ’s life. In today’s Gospel, Jesus gives this command: “love one another.” He continues by telling us that as he has loved us so we should love one another. Everyone will know, Jesus says, that you are my disciples by the love you show. This commandment is easier said than done. The ability to love as Jesus did requires humility and vulnerability.
Our responsorial psalm calls us to give thanks to the Lord for all his wonderful works. One of the main ways that we can give thanks is by doing what the Lord commands us to do. We do not need to do grand works. Simple works of sacrifice and love reflect Jesus’ love in our lives. Jesus performed great miracles and acts of healing, but he also shared meals with friends, listened to his mother (and father), and made space for the members of society everyone else wanted to ignore.
As you reflect on the ways that Jesus loved, consider how are you reflecting his love in your life.
As we all face the distress of this time, pay attention to those in need – especially refugees. Your care can make all the difference. Join me in prayer that all life is protected from conception to natural death. Pray for peace in our world, especially in Ukraine.
Have a blessed week! Fr. Len