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A Reflection for the 6th Sunday of Easter

May 17, 2020

A reflection by father brian

Greetings in our Lord Jesus Christ. I hope this note still finds you basking in the Easter Graces of our Loving Lord !

And I hope that you are peacefully and enduring this abnormal time of isolation and social distancing, perhaps getting a little socialization in (carefully), and looking forward with Hope and Trust that we can soon (hopefully) begin resuming our Community Liturgies.

I write to you from the St. Matthias rectory on Chesterfield Road. It’s a beautiful day (Friday) and this morning I prayed a Mass for you - the People of the Parish, followed by a Holy Hour with about a dozen people, then met with a couple regarding their upcoming wedding, and now I’m at my desk – ‘Sharing The Word.’

Let’s begin with this Sunday’s Gospel from St. John:

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Whoever has my commandments and observes them
is the one who loves me.
Whoever loves me will be loved by my Father,
and I will love him and reveal myself to him.”
Judas, not the Iscariot, said to him,
“Master, then what happened that you will reveal yourself to us
and not to the world?”
Jesus answered and said to him,
“Whoever loves me will keep my word,
and my Father will love him,
and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.
Whoever does not love me does not keep my words;
yet the word you hear is not mine
but that of the Father who sent me.

“I have told you this while I am with you.
The Advocate, the Holy Spirit
whom the Father will send in my name--
he will teach you everything
and remind you of all that I told you.”

Isn’t it – ‘ One of the Best ’ ? !!!

Actually, I found these last two months one of the best Spiritual times of my life. Kinda like a retreat. It’s been a slower pace and very peaceful routine, going down to St. Matthias early in the morning - and praying for a couple of hours. And during this season of Easter, our daily readings have been echoing the holy, inspired insights of our Heavenly Father through the written and proclaimed words of St. John the Evangelist.

Today's Gospel begins with Jesus saying to his Disciples:
“Whoever has my commandments and observes them – is the one who loves me. Whoever has my commandments !  Possesses them !!!

The 10 Commandments. I've kept them on my desk for a number of years. They’re right here before me as I write this piece. It’s the Holy Spirit - that works in us - and teaches and reminds us - of all that Jesus told us !

Ten teachings - to illuminate our path…                      

Here’s the Traditional Catechetical Formula:

1. I am the LORD your God:
you shall not have strange Gods before me.
2. You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.
3. Remember to keep holy the LORD'S Day.
4. Honor your father and your mother.
5. You shall not kill.
6. You shall not commit adultery.
7. You shall not steal.
8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
9. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife.
10. You shall not covet your neighbor's goods.

Jesus added:

“Whoever loves me will keep my word,
and my Father will love him,
and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.
Whoever does not love me does not keep my words.”

I think St. John wraps this up quite well in his First Letter, found in Chapter 2 verses 4 to 6.

Whoever says,

“ ‘I know him’, but does not keep his commandments  
is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

But whoever keeps his word,
the love of God is truly perfected in him.”

This is the way we may know that we are in union with him: whoever claims to abide in him –

Ought to live - just as He lived !

      “ I am the vine, you are the branches.

                                 Abide in me, as I abide in you.”

May these ‘Words of Our Lord’ - through St. John -  inspire us to be ‘Perfect, as our Heavenly Father is Perfect’, Obedient, as His Heavenly Son was obedient, Loving, as Our Blessed Mother was loving, and Patient, as St. Joseph was patient.

We can make the best of this abnormal time of isolation and social distancing. Maybe trying to make little safe visitations, like out on the back deck, 10 feet apart, on a nice afternoon. Making a meal or picking up takeout - and delivering it to a friend, or someone that may be older or lonely. Maybe even trying to kindly remind someone of the 10 Commandments. And of course, making a visit to one of our Parish Churches, and keeping those Easter Graces flowing !                                                                               

Be safe and God bless, fr. brian :)

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