It is 6th May 2018. We celebrate the Sixth Sunday of Easter. The readings are from Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48; the second reading is from 1 John 4:7-10; and the Gospel from John 15:9-17. Remaining in God’s love is the source of all happiness and joy. When we are able to feel and experience the unconditional love of God in Jesus through others, we are feeling so blessed. It is merely accepting people as they are with all their choices, likes and dislikes, qualities and failures, and helping them and leading them to sweeten their lives with God’s love. In the first reading, St. Peter attempts to share God’s love with the house of Cornelius. God does not show any partiality in dispensing God’s love to anyone. God looks at us all as we are with whatever our choices, life style and cultural milieu we come from and desires to communicate God’s unfathomable love to everyone. God’s love needs our personal participation and response. The willingness and openness in allowing God’s love to infuse our inner beings. We witness the genuine love preached by St. Peter brings the presence of the Holy Spirit on those who hear and wish to experience God’s love. Let our love for each other be founded and cemented by God’s love which is manifested in the sacrificial love of Jesus on the Cross. The carnal, lustful and selfish love does not translate or suggest God’s love in any moment of our lives. The responsorial Psalm praises, “The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.” (Ps.98:2). In the second reading, St. John teaches us that love is the only proof that tells the others that we are from God and God’s love is in us. We must not be boggled down to Co-dependent love, Competitive love, Cooperative love rather we must transcend to reach the peak of Sacrificial love of Jesus. “In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. (1 Jn. 4:10). The Gospel encourages us to remain in love of Jesus oppose to the love of the world. We all have to make a clear choice in loving. We cannot love both the world and Jesus at the same time. We cannot be the friends of Jesus as well as the world. When we love Jesus, we begin to reach out to love them with their problems, challenges, sicknesses, and life situations. But if we are in love with the world, we begin to indulge in loving ourselves as the narcissistic or selfish way. It is time to pass on the love of Jesus manifested on the Cross. Let our commitment for Christ be shown in our deep love for the suffering humanity not merely by talk but in truth and love. May you have a good day. God bless you.

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