May 6, 2018 – Sixth Sunday of Easter

Saints for the day:Marian & James (d May 6, 259)

Scripture readings for today’ liturgy

Acts 10:25-26 -34-35, 44-48

-Ps 98, 1 – 4, 1 John 4:7-10 – john 15: 9-11

“Love one another…”

We’re moving close to the end of the Easter Season and – if we were proper liturgists we would celebrate the Ascension on this coming Thursday – 40 days after Easter so that 10 days later we would be at the 50th day: Pentecost. But, out of convenience to “the people of God” things are moved to Sundays. So some of the symbolism of 40 days of Lent; 40 days of Easter; 40 years of wandering – symbol of a generation gets lost.So, given the givens, what’s our bottom line? It might be found in today’s Gospel, “Love one another as I have loved you.” And out of that “love commandment” we are able to “lay down our life for our friends.” Not because of anything we have achieved on our own but only through the realization that “we did not choose to love God.” But, rather, God chose to love us.” We’re not in this as “lone rangers” but we are incorporated into something much bigger than we could ever have imagined: “Think of the love of God … that we are His children. What we will become has not yet been revealed. Then we will see Him as He really is.”(I John 3:1,2

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