Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/051917.cfm
Jesus said to his disciples: “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.”
“This I command you: love one another” And how are we doing on that? Even those who claim to be believers cannot love one another. Our times are very acrimonious, if I do not believe what you believe – I am a (fill in the blank). That is not what Christ calls us to or what He wants for us. What do you believe about those who disagree with you? Are you into name calling and criticisms? Have you tried love? Are you willing to try love? If not, do you really believe in Jesus?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, when I am confronted with those who do not agree with, help me to hold my tongue and remember that you love them as you love me. Help me to love them too. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen and Alleluia!
I will give you thanks among the peoples, O Lord, Alleluia!