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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


Alleluia, alleluia!

I have chosen you from the world, says the Lord,

to go and bear fruit that will last.

Alleluia!




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