I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

My Reflection for Wednesday May 14, Saint Matthias, Apostle; John 15:9-17

Gospel: John 15:9-17
(Jesus said to the 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. This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father. It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. This I command you: love one another.”
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How could we remain in God’s love forever? Jesus gives us the answer, we must keep the commandments.

For example in the marriage covenant between a man a woman, Jesus command for the couple is to be married until forever. To share burdens, trials and joys forever, not to give burdens, trials, domination and mental torture forever.   

The only way for a married couple to remain in God’s love forever is to love their spouse until forever. What they do outside of God’s marriage commandment is already a transgression. Does this transgression/s separate us from God’s love? Of course, but Jesus also instituted the Sacrament of Confession for us to be healed whenever we sin. After which we once again remain in God’s love.

There is no perfect marriage in this world because we are not perfect beings; each of us has our own flaws and shortcomings. Therefore we must be forgiving and must always have the humility to admit our own mistakes and shortcomings.

The love of God is always there for us each day. To assure us that there are no irreparable flaws and shortcomings in marriage. For as long as both spouses choose to remain within the ambit of God’s love.  And when couples choose to remain in God’s love: This simply indicates that they are very much willing to forgive and very much willing to humbly admit their own sinfulness. 

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