It is 15th May 2020.
The readings are from Acts 15:22-31; and the Gospel from John 15:12-17.
What is discussed and agreed upon need to be displayed to everyone.
The Council in Jerusalem under the leadership of James circulates the accepted decisions through the instrumentality of Paul, Barnabas and his companions.
Love discusses its plans through actions not with immature and untimely reactions.
Concerns without discernment leads to dissention and divisions in the Church, the Community and the family.
Love does not close its eyes when there is disturbance and unsettled feelings.
“For it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to impose on you no further burden than these essentials.” (Acts.15:30).
Idolatry, and fornication are the spiritual adultery that destroys the covenantal relationship with God and the people.
The decisions that leads us to God comes from the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
The responsorial sings, “I will praise you among the nations, O Lord.” (Ps.57:9).
The Gospel invites us to strengthen our friendship with Jesus.
A friend cannot hesitate to sacrifice even life.
The quality of friendship is proved in its sanctity of sacrifices.
“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.” (Jn. 15:13).
During these most difficult times of our life, our friendship, relationship and fellowship with Jesus and to our immediate families have further strengthened by a reciprocal exchange of love and respect.
In the absence of reciprocity, and compliments our strings of love tensed, tightened, twisted and at the verge of breaking.
Listening is healing.
The Church listened to the non-Jews with a heart of God.
True love listens with compassion.
Motive of loving is not to solve and save someone but to supplement and sustain in the moment of hopelessness and helplessness.
Do we have a few moments to listen someone today with love for the welfare of the other?
Jesus shared His love with us what He experienced with the Father. We need to share our love with others what we have experienced in Jesus. May you have a good day. God bless you.
It is 15th May 2020.