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Daily Mass: Put first things first…love God and one another! Catholic Inspiration

Jesus takes the 10 Commandments and simplifies them down to two.  This focus allows us to concentrate our efforts on what is most important in the life of faith: loving God and one another.

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6th Sunday of Easter: Growing stronger in God’s love. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – 6th Sunday of Easter

With proper diet and exercise our bodies grow stronger.  Over time what seemed difficult becomes easy through discipline and hard work.  The same is true for our spiritual lives: we grow stronger as we draw near to Christ and grow in his love…thus allowing us to love in difficult and challenging times as we carry out the Lord’s command to love as he loves us.


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6th Sunday of Easter – Love is our Passport – Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s 6th Sunday of Easter Homily Podcast

Just as a passport is essential for travel on earth, so Christ’s commandment to love is essential for our travel to Heaven.  Consider these similarities:

  • Shows our Country of Origin
  • Serves as identification
  • Reveals our travel history
  • Necessary to come home

This homily was given at the Cathedral of Christ the King on May 10, 2015.

6th Sunday of Easter – Commanded to Love


Study:  When in my life have I been most authentically and genuinely loving toward others?  What helped me to live this way?

Pray:  Who is difficult to love in my life right now?  Pray that the love of Christ comes into our hearts to transform us into God’s love.

Serve:  Who am I called to love today?  How can I act toward another that brings Christ’s love into their lives?

6th Sunday of Easter Readings

Fr. Andrew’s Homily Podcast

The second reading from 1 John 4:7-10 and the Gospel from John 15:9-17 are as blunt and direct as the Bible delivers.  In the first and last analysis, everything we proclaim as Christians is measured and evaluated in the light of a single concept:


And on first glance it sounds wonderful!  Love evokes many wholesome and beautiful concepts that speak to our hearts; love lifts our spirits and draws us closer together – drawing strength and peace from both God and the people around us.

Yet love is also challenging.  Love makes demands upon us to stretch beyond our normal comfort zones – thinking and acting in ways that are modeled on Jesus Christ.  Consider…

  • Forgiving our enemies
  • Seeking the good in others
  • Being the first to work at healing & reconciliation
  • Dedicated to others in times of difficulty and stress
  • Remaining positive and supportive
  • Standing up for those who are oppressed
  • Serving those who are hard to love…and seeing Christ in them

While we strive for these practical applications of love on our good days, Lord knows we need to keep working at love – especially when we are in a bad place.  Two keys thoughts can help us:

  1. Stay close to Jesus – the source of all LOVE
  2. When in doubt – act in a loving manner

The first point is simple: we cannot fulfill God’s command to love unless we are closely connected to the Son of God.  We hear that “God is love” in the 2nd reading, and we know that our lives draw grace and strength when we unite our hearts to the Lord.  Staying close to Jesus helps us to evaluate and fulfill this key commandment.

The second point is immensely practical.  Sometimes we don’t feel particularly loving!  When that happens we can move ourselves to a better place by acting in a Godly fashion…the feelings will follow eventually.  While our emotions are crucial sources of “inside information” to the state of our hearts, we guide our lives by Jesus (and not a momentary feeling) who loves us unconditionally.  Thus, when we act in a loving way – love actually grows in our hearts!

“This I command you: love one another.”


Christ and the Rich Young Ruler, Heinrich Hofmann; 1 June 1889, 480 x 599 pixels, Riverside Church, New York, NY.