MAY 14. EASTER. Wk 6. Fri. Jn.15. 9-17. St.Matthias
Updated: Sep 5
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.
First reading Acts 1:15-17,20-26 · 'Let someone else take his office'
One day Peter stood up to speak to the brothers – there were about a hundred and twenty persons in the congregation: ‘Brothers, the passage of scripture had to be fulfilled in which the Holy Spirit, speaking through David, foretells the fate of Judas, who offered himself as a guide to the men who arrested Jesus – after having been one of our number and actually sharing this ministry of ours. Now in the Book of Psalms it says:
Let his camp be reduced to ruin,
Let there be no one to live in it.
Let someone else take his office.
‘We must therefore choose someone who has been with us the whole time that the Lord Jesus was travelling round with us, someone who was with us right from the time when John was baptising until the day when he was taken up from us – and he can act with us as a witness to his resurrection.’
Having nominated two candidates, Joseph known as Barsabbas, whose surname was Justus, and Matthias, they prayed, ‘Lord, you can read everyone’s heart; show us therefore which of these two you have chosen to take over this ministry and apostolate, which Judas abandoned to go to his proper place.’ They then drew lots for them, and as the lot fell to Matthias, he was listed as one of the twelve apostles.