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May 14, 2019

Feast of Saint Matthias, Apostle

“This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.” This simple verse, from today’s gospel reading, sums up Jesus’ entire life. The Old Testament had given the injunction that we should love our neighbor as ourselves. Here the standard by which we are to use as guide is not ourselves, but the love shown us by Jesus—who was willing to die for us.

The core of the Christian message is love, God himself loves me! If we could grasp God’s unconditional love for us, life would be radically a journey of joy. To accept that God loves us is also to accept the reality that God loves all others in the same way. I am called to love myself and others, and it is clear from the gospel that I am called to love the poor, the excluded, and the marginalized in a special way. I am also called to care for the earth, described by Pope Francis as “our common home” which God has entrusted us.

The Pope also gives us some important thoughts in Laudato Si (245):“God, who calls us to generous commitment and to give him our all, offers us the light and the strength needed to continue on our way. In the heart of this world, the Lord of life, who loves us so much, is always present. He does not abandon us, he does not leave us alone, for he has united himself definitively to our earth, and his love constantly impels us to find new ways forward.” That presence, found especially in the Eucharist, is ours to inspire us with the depth of Christ’s love.

How do I respond to God’s love for me?

Let Us Pray:

Lord Jesus, may we, as your friends and partners, bear much fruit as we obey your command to love. Let us abide in you and bring forth the richest fruits of your blessing.

 

Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)

 


About Paul J. Bernier, SSS

Blessed Sacrament Father Paul J. Bernier served for many years as the editor of Emmanuel. He is a popular writer, preacher, and director of retreats. Among his many published works is Ministry in the Church: A Historical and Pastoral Approach, Second Edition, published by Orbis Books in 2015.