Gospel: Jn 15:9-17
As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you. Remain in my love! You will remain in my love if you keep my commandments, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you all this, that my own joy may be in you, and your joy may be complete. This is my commandment: Love one another as I have loved you! There is no greater love than this, to give one’s life for one’s friends; and you are my friends, if you do what I command you. I shall not call you servants anymore, because servants do not know what their master is about. Instead, I have called you friends, since I have made known to you everything I learned from my Father. You did not choose me; it was I who chose you and sent you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last. And everything you ask the Father in my name, he will give you. This is my command, that you love one another.
Remain in my love The original twelve disciples was a sinful community. Judas betrayed Jesus. Peter denied knowing Jesus thrice. The rest, save for the Beloved, deserted Jesus upon his arrest. And yet God continued to entrust the Gospel of salvation to this fragile community of disciples. Moreover, the Lord will continuously rehabilitate his Church not by providing us blueprints to follow but by guiding us in our discernment of his will. Hence, after praying over whom to succeed Judas, the disciples chose Matthias. We are sinful yet called by God. We are fragile yet ever guided by the Spirit of the Lord.
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