Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter

May 6

John 15:9-11

Jesus said to his disciples:
“As the Father loves me, so I also love you.
Remain in my love.
If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love,
just as I have kept my Father’s commandments
and remain in his love.

“I have told you this so that
my joy might be in you and
your joy might be complete.”

Introductory Prayer: Lord Jesus, I believe that you are God. I believe that you became man, suffered, died, rose from the dead and ascended into heaven. I believe that you sent us and work through the Holy Spirit to guide us along our earthly journey towards your heavenly Kingdom. Thank you for your infinite, unconditional love. Thank you for showing me the way, even though I do not always embrace it. I place all my trust in you and yearn to love you more.  May I know that my heart and soul are nurtured through your love each day as I grow closer to You.  Amen

     - Jesus tells us that we must keep “his” commandments. Think of one of them “Love your enemies”, “Turn the other cheek”, “Take up your cross every day” etc.  He reminds us how he has kept The Father’s commandments, doing his will in all things. Following Jesus’ example of obedience to the will of God is foundational in the Christian life.

Jesus didn’t issue commandments to control and dominate us but offer them as paths to true happiness. His sole intention is that “my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete”. The mark of a true Christian then surely is joy. There is no purpose in setting out to love others, without first trusting in how much loved we are ourselves. That is how Jesus went about it, "As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you”. We need to abide in Jesus’s love to learn how we are to love others.