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

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Reflection for May 7, Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter; John 15:9-11

Gospel: 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.”
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How can we remain within the loop of God’s love? It’s by doing good all the time and by not going against the commandments of God (Exodus 20:1-17) (Matthew 22:36-40).  When we break the commandments we momentarily are cut-off from the love of God. Until such time that we repent for what we did.  In the church repentance is done by humbly submitting ourselves to the Sacrament of Reconciliation or Confession.

It’s very important for us to remain in God’s love because this is the ideal life or perfect life so to speak. But there’s no ideal life for we are all imperfect beings created by a perfect God. So what should we do when we sin? We have to make amends immediately we have to humble ourselves before God and to the person that we have offended.

We could just imagine a life cut-off from the love of God or cut-off from the person that we love. What kind of life would it be? It’s a life without peace and tranquillity and a life open wide for the devil to create havoc.

Let us take advantage of this healing love of God, because this is always available for us. This is not something that God keeps away from us for us not to have it.

Who would not want peace and tranquillity in his/her life? We all want it certainly! Therefore we should try our very best to remain within the loop of God’s love. If we transgress it we should have the humility to ask for forgiveness from God and from the person that we have offended. – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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