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May 17, 2006

For Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter

John 15:9-11

Here in his Gospel, Christ our Lord assures us that his love for us is the same as the love that the Father in heaven has for him.
We have some understanding of the love that a man and a woman can have for one another.
However, the fact that GOD loves US is a mystery.
God has created us and loved us; but God did not NEED to— he did not HAVE to.
God loves us for no reason at all that could be found in ourselves.
There is nothing in US that COULD give God a reason, an attraction, a motive or an obligation to love us.
A love that we could DESERVE would not come from God.
God’s love is totally free, and ONLY GOD can love this way.
THIS is the love that Scripture means when it says GOD IS LOVE.
Human love, that is, the love that human persons have for one another is normally “love for a reason.”
This is natural, normal and human.
Something in the other person attracts us; or something within ourselves pushes us.
However, our faith in God who IS Love gives us another reason to love on another besides natural and human reasons.
The God of Love in whom we believe has revealed himself most fully in the person of Jesus Christ.
The overflowing and bottomless pit of God’s love, a love beyond all merely human reason and understanding, is shouted out to us in the insanity of God’s dying for us on the cross in the person of Christ Jesus.
Love beyond reason has died for us to reveal itself in all its fullness.
GOD’S love goes beyond reasons.
GOD’S love has no needs.
GOD’S love has no likes or dislikes.
For this reason, GOD’S love is absolutely able and free to be faithful forever— even in the face of our sinfulness and infidelity.
To love like this is nearly impossible for human beings … except that we have believed in God— God who has revealed himself in the Lord Jesus Christ.
When each of us was baptized, we were received by God into Christ whose death destroyed our human sinfulness and destroyed our human impossibilities.
When we were baptized, we were received into Christ whose resurrection has given us a share in GOD’S possibilities.
In the Eucharist today, as always, we eat and drink the possibilities— the power— of the Almighty in the Body and Blood of Christ.

That God Be Glorified in All


Anonymous Bob Farrell said...

We know how Peter answered when Jesus asked him if he loved him.

I would think that the other apostles would have answered similarly.

But would Peter have answered the same way (or meant the same thing) if Jesus asked him if he loved Bartholomew, or Thomas, or Phillip, or Matthew, or Andrew (okay, nevermind Matthew and Andrew).

Everybody loves Jesus - what's not to love?

But when Jesus demands that the Apostles love each other in the same manner that He loves them, well heck, now that's a toughie!

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Blogger Ancient Clown said...

Just sharing, I don't think I know...I just know I'm thinking.
I'd love your honest thoughts on these:CAIN & ABEL
The BIBLE---Ancient Version
Planting the Seeds
your humble servant,
Ancient Clown

11:55 AM  

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