Lectio Divina: Sixth Sunday of Easter. Cycle B

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Tlaxcala (Mexico), Sr. Elizabeth Flores Pérez, May 5th,  2024.- Remain in my love

GOSPEL

Jn 15, 9 - 17

Jesus said to his disciples: "As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, 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 may be in you and your joy might be complete. 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."

 
 

REFLECTION

Love, friendship, and joy are the themes of this Sunday's liturgy. Words so often repeated in our time. Will we know how to discover their richness amid so many overlapping meanings?

Throughout the ages, God has not ceased to send us messengers who tell us "God loves you" and finally sent us his beloved Son, the Lord, who reveals to us the true face of the Father. A face of tenderness, mercy, and compassion. A Father who not only desires our joy but who dances[1] and rejoices in ours.

It could be that welcoming God's love involves much less than we often imagine when we lose sight of his beautiful face. Things that sometimes become heavy burdens on our own shoulders or those of our Sisters.

Remaining in his love, like little children, transforms our fraternal relationships, making friendship and joy possible.

PRAYER

Lord, our dear friend, give us the power of the Spirit who transformed the lives of the first communities, breaking down barriers and opening them to communion and unity. Give us Cornelius’ willingness and Peter's humble and daring openness. Then, we will be able to know you as you are, to unite ourselves to your joy, which no one will take away from us, and perhaps be a small light among our brothers and sisters in humanity.


[1] Sofonías 3, 14-17