“If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love . . . I have told you this so that my joy might be in you, and your joy might be complete … love one another as I love you.”
Today’s Scriptures promise a reward: joy! When we remain in God’s love, joy is more than happiness. Joy is fulfilling, exuberant, elated, vibrant, and blissful as it fortifies the radiance of God’s love. We attain true joy when we are dependent on who Jesus is rather than who we are.
When I lost my Nonna (grandmother), I was a young mother who adored and greatly admired her. Sitting in the funeral parlor, my dear friend and mentor entered. Catherine’s blue eyes were radiant, and her Spirit-filled smile enveloped my heart. I embraced her with eyes filled with tears, I embraced her, and she simply said, “ahh, she’s with the Father now!” I always believed that, but those simple words spoken through the joy of the Spirit filled my heart with joy and peace.
Scripture reminds us to love one another and be willing to give our lives for each other. Today, many willingly serve in oppressed countries so all may have the freedom God grants to all. These selfless individuals sacrifice by giving of themselves providing humanitarian service. But, what can I do? Let’s start here – see the hungry, the poor, the lonely, the sick, and ask our Lord in prayer, “how do you want me to serve?”
As I reflect and honor Saint Matthias today, I read that Clement of Alexandria said Jesus did not choose Matthias because of what he already knew of him nor because he was worthy, but for what Jesus foresaw that he would become. Perhaps we can ponder today, “what does Jesus want us to become?”
Lord, life of the world, you provide us daily with nourishment for body and soul, and you sanctify by your Holy Spirit our gifts of bread and wine. By this mystery, teach us to be grateful for your mercy; to revere you in your saving designs; to find in you, amid the things that pass away, our unending joy. Amen. (Praise God in His Holy Place, Bernard J. Camire, SSS)
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