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Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter
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Jesus said to his disciples: “As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy might be in you and your joy might be complete.”
As the Father loves me, so I love you. This is one of the most beautiful verses in all of Scripture. It gives me so much peace. It blows my mind! It also brings me comfort. To know that Jesus loves me just as much as the Father loves him is, well, reassuring! Thank God for some warm mushy guarantees in life! Thank you Jesus!
If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love. We spend far too much time worrying about individual rights and not enough time talking about individual obligations. Also, we seem to be focused on expanding individual rights and not individual obligations. No wonder why there is a lack of love in our hearts and in our dealings with others. Love, like numbers, has meaning only if attached to someone or something. The same holds true of Christianity. It only becomes meaningful if attached to Someone and Something; that is, Jesus Christ and His Commandments.
Jesus once said, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (Jn 13:35).
And now that we are in graduation season, we might as well say graduation becomes truly meaningful and exciting only if it is attached to service towards others.
Complete joy. Why does the Lord speak to us? Why does He admonish us? Why does He insist that we have faith in Him, obey Him and follow Him? For one simple reason: so that His joy might be in us and our joy might be complete.
This sounds like a good enough reason for me to follow Him.
If we let the Lord down, what we are really doing is letting ourselves down.
Let’s go out today and “proclaim God’s marvelous deeds to all the nations” (Ps. 96:3). (95)