MAY 15. EASTER. Wk 6. Fri. Jn.15. 9-17. St.Matthias
Jesus said to his disciples:
‘As the Father has loved me,
so I have loved 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 own joy may be in you
and your joy be complete.
This is my commandment:
love one another, as I have loved you.
A man can have no greater love
than to lay down his life for his friends.
You are my friends,
if you do what I command you.
I shall not call you servants any more,
because a servant does not know
his master’s business;
I call you friends,
because I have made known to you
everything I have learnt from my Father.
You did not choose me:
no, I chose you;
and I commissioned you
to go out and to bear fruit,
fruit that will last;
and then the Father will give you
anything you ask him in my name.
What I command you
is to love one another.’
This needs to be read as a farewell speech from the Son of God to his disciples! While it is quite long it contains a number of distinct messages; - the first of which is; - “I love you!”
A second message can also be perceived within it, namely; - “While I am leaving you, be assured I will continue to love you while we are apart!”
A third is; - “I yearn for your Love with all my heart; - and I want you to know this!”
A fourth is; - “If you want to love me it is necessary you do the will of my Father; - which I have made known to you; - and which I have done myself!”
And a fifth is; - “Because I am leaving, for a short time, you must bear witness to your love of me, by loving your neighbour; - in the same way that I loved everyone while I was with you!”
All of these messages need to be seen as an epilogue to the events of the previous three years!
Gospel Acclamation cf.Jn15:16
I have chosen you from the world, says the Lord,
to go and bear fruit that will last.