Acts 1:15-17, 20-26; John 15:9-17
The Vine and the Branches
OTHER HOMILY SOURCES from Navchetana
2018 Monday of the 7th Week of Easter
Acts 1:15-17, 20-26; Psalm 113:1-8; Gospel JN 15:9-17
Love without Exception or Expectation
In the first reading, Paul downplays his actions. Recognizing the Holy Spirit was interceded; he asks to select an apostle to replace Judas. How many of us would have been open to sharing our Lord with those we judge to be unworthy? Paul recognizes the prejudice that we have as humans. He tells us to be open to the Holy Spirit and to the ways of God.
In the gospel, Jesus tells us to love one another. It is a command to act in the righteousness of God, as exemplified by Jesus Himself. It mandates the kind of love that goes beyond the self and self-interest, a love that transcends the boundaries of our comfort zones, a generous, selfless love that honors God. Remember that God, Himself, surrendered His only Begotten Son Jesus, to ransom us from our sins and restore us as sons and co-heirs of the Kingdom.
I feel we all are in this world is just to be loved and to love. “Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence” Eric Fromm. Each of us claim that we love many? Do we really love them? How do you love the stubborn child throwing a temper tantrum? Or the guy that cut you off in traffic when you are running late? God does not tell us to love only when it is easy. He asks us to love one another, no disclaimers. Can I learn to love the way God loves? Unconditionally, without exception or expectation? Can I learn to truly accept people with their flaws and faults and love them anyway? And to take it even further, can I love those people more than I love myself? What God is asking of us seems impossible. But be courage enough because we are not alone. He calls us friends, a friend who is with us in all our situations. He chose us to go forth and bear fruit that will remain. He doesn’t promise that it will be easy but he just asks us to do it. “The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread” Mother Teresa. Fr. Nithin Vaidhykaran CMI
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