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5th Sunday of Easter: The cost of the commandment to love. Catholic Inspiration

We all know that Jesus commands us to love one another, but all too often we overlook the sacrifice it takes to follow the teaching and example of Jesus. All three readings today point out that there will be a cost…and we will pay it with our lives.

Mass Readings – 5th Sunday of Easter

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Daily Mass: I have made you a light. Catholic Inspiration

The light of Christ is meant to burn in our hearts as we live the gift of our faith and pass it on to those around us.  Paul and Barnabas shared this light even as they faced challenge and struggle.  May their example inspire us to shine in the world today.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 4th Week of Easter

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Daily Mass: Do not let your hearts be troubled. Catholic Inspiration

John’s Gospel offers a beautiful reflection as Jesus invites us to trust in him when doubt, fear and anxiety overwhelm us.  God is our strength and our comfort, providing us the grace we need as we follow where the Lord leads.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 4th Week of Easter

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Daily Mass: We follow the example of the Master. Catholic Inspiration

As Master and Teacher, Jesus shows the disciples the path of humble service.  We follow the Lord’s example every time we offer our lives in care and compassion for those around us…giving glory and praise to God.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 4th Week of Easter

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Daily Mass: Christ is our light. Catholic Inspiration

The Lord teaches that he is the light – sent from the Father – who comes to save the world.  May Christ’s words and saving actions inspire us this day to draw near to his glorious light!

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 4th Week of Easter

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Daily Mass: Friendship with God, built on love. Catholic Inspiration

This beautiful passage from the Gospel of John offers a profound reflection on the nature of God’s love for our lives.  Flowing from the Father, divine love is meant to touch our hearts and pass through us into the diverse relationships of daily life.

Mass Readings – Feast of St. Matthias, Apostle

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5th Sunday of Easter: Loving God on earth and in Heaven

Study:  Consider a moment when you felt unconditional love.  How did you react?

Pray:  Are there people in your life who are hard to love?  Ask the Lord to soften your heart, and place in you the desire to want to love them.

Serve: Love is expressed in many ways.  How can you share the Love of Christ with others today?

Mass Readings – 5th Sunday of Easter

Let’s start with a quick overview of this week’s readings:

  • 1st Reading – Paul & Barnabas are fostering the Church among the Gentiles
  • Psalm – “I will praise your name forever, my king and my God.”
  • 2nd Reading – John’s vision of a new heaven and a new earth
  • Gospel – Jesus commands his disciples to love one another

The Easter season proclaims the Lord’s triumph over sin and death, and inspires us to fix our eyes on Heaven as our destination and goal.  United together with the Lord, we understand that we are pilgrims passing through this world – and our words and actions have power and consequence.

Think about it.  The Lord commands us to love.  This is not some pleasant suggestion or good-idea-if-you-have-time-to-fit-it-in…this command is our call to action: Love flows from the heart of Heaven, and in our Love on earth we practice for the day when we will stand before the Author of Love itself.

And lest we get caught up in some sort of warm fuzzy feeling about Love, we know that this command is hard to carry out!  Love demands our forgiveness, patience, mercy, gentleness, peace, and understanding.  Simply put, we are called to Love as Christ loves us – by laying down our lives for one another.

Love, then, is not only a principal condition for Heaven, but for the Church on earth as well.  Nothing reveals our sincerity and authenticity as Christians more fully than when Love shines through our words and actions.

Our goal is Heaven, and while here on earth the Church follows the example of Christ – loving God and one another.  May others see the Lord’s Love in our lives today!

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Note: This post was first published on April 19, 2019.