Acts 1:15-17, 20-26; John 15:9-17
The Vine and the Branches
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2014 My Reflection for Wednesday May 14, Saint Matthias, Apostle; John 15:9-17 – Reflection: How could we remain in God’s love forever? Jesus gives us the answer, we must keep the commandments.
For example in the marriage covenant between a man a woman, Jesus command for the couple is to be married until forever. To share burdens, trials and joys forever, not to give burdens, trials, domination and mental torture forever.
The only way for a married couple to remain in God’s love forever is to love their spouse until forever. What they do outside of God’s marriage commandment is already a transgression. Does this transgression/s separate us from God’s love? Of course, but Jesus also instituted the Sacrament of Confession for us to be healed whenever we sin. After which we once again remain in God’s love.
There is no perfect marriage in this world because we are not perfect beings; each of us has our own flaws and shortcomings. Therefore we must be forgiving and must always have the humility to admit our own mistakes and shortcomings.
The love of God is always there for us each day. To assure us that there are no irreparable flaws and shortcomings in marriage. For as long as both spouses choose to remain within the ambit of God’s love. And when couples choose to remain in God’s love: This simply indicates that they are very much willing to forgive and very much willing to humbly admit their own sinfulness. (Marino J. Dasmarinas)
2015 Reflection for May 14, Thursday Feast of Saint Matthias, Apostle; John 15:9-17 Reflection: What is an ideal life in this world? It’s a life that is forever attached to the love of God. Without attachment to the love of God life would be empty, barren and meaningless. The love of God is the essence of life for we were not born to love this world. We came into this world to live and love God.
Let us think about loving this world more than God and we only create emptiness in our lives we end up with nothing except emptiness. It’s a fact of life that everything that is in this world is temporary: wealth, power and the like. All of these we will leave behind or will eventually leave us, but the love of God will always be there for us.
What matters is the love of God nothing else but the love of God. It’s no brainer therefore why Jesus is telling us to remain in His love. For if we always remain in the love of God we would be able to hurdle. Whatever trials that may come our way and we would be able to conquer whatever fears that we may have even the fear of death.
Do you always desire to remain in the love of God? Or you sometimes discard the love of God in favor of your love for this world? – Marino J. Dasmarinas
2018 Sunday, May 13, 2018
Reflection for Monday May 14; Feast of Saint Matthias, Apostle: John 15:9-17
Have you been in love? Many of us have fallen in love already and many have fallen out of love as well. For those who are still in love up to this very day, say for example to your spouse notwithstanding the hurts and pains. The love that you have in your heart is somewhat near to the love of God.
The love of God is a love that does not discriminate. It is a love that welcomes everyone for it doesn’t discriminate. It does not look at the physical attributes and the social standing of a person. Neither does it look at the moral fitness of the one that desires His love. For the love of God is a love that restores and heals.
In the gospel, Jesus commands us, “love one another as I love you (John 15:12).” Here lies the challenge for all of us because if God’s love is encompassing our love for our fellowmen should be encompassing also.
We should be capable of loving even those who’ve hurt us and those who do not love us in return. If we truly love Jesus, we have no other choice but to love like Jesus. – Marino J. Dasmarinas
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