6th Sunday of Easter
“God sent his only Son into the world so that we might have life through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God, but that he has loved us….” (I John 4:10)
The readings from John today are wonderfully consoling. In the second reading, we are presented with the truth that God is love and that He has loved us first! In the Gospel, the point is driven home. We are asked simply to remain in God’s love that we may be filled with complete joy. And not only that, we are promised that we have been chosen and not only chosen, but we are friends. We are given a simple command, “love one another as I have loved you.”
The command may be simple but challenging to follow in our daily lives. The first reading points out just how challenging this can be. Peter saw how Jesus interacted with the Syrophoenician woman when she asked for healing for her daughter, his interaction with the Roman centurion seeking a cure for his servant, and he heard of the encounter with the Samaritan woman. All of these are stretching the boundaries of conventional wisdom.
Peter is confronted with this stretching in the reading from Acts. He is being asked to love others as Jesus loved them. He accepts: “In truth, I see that God shows no partiality.” (Acts 10:34) His acceptance was the key to opening the world to the message of Jesus.
Our call to lay down our lives for others may mean laying down our prejudices and our comfortable categories that separate and exclude those who are different. How are we being called today to live the truth that God’s love shows no partiality? Are all welcome at our Eucharistic table? If not, how am I called to love as Jesus does?
Let us pray:
Holy Spirit, we humbly ask you to fall upon us, giving us the gift of wisdom and courage to love as Jesus does. May the hospitality we experience in God’s love in the Eucharist inspire us to bring that same openness and acceptance to all we meet. Amen.
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