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Thursday 5th Week of Easter

Today’s Mass Readings

Thursday 5th Week of Easter

John 15:9-11

In every situation, Jesus gave of himself, no matter how much it cost him.

“You will remain in my love,
just as I have kept my Father’s commandments
and remain in his love.”

What commandments did the Father give Jesus?

Well, none of us were there.

So the best we can do is look at the life of Jesus
and see if there are any clues to those commandments.
For the first thirty years of his life,
Jesus was “obedient” to Mother Mary and St. Joseph.”

And the letter to the Hebrews tells us
that Jesus “learned obedience from what he suffered.”

Now I don’t imagine that only occurred
during his Passion and Death on the cross.
Just off the top of my head,
he told the disciples,
“The Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”

Once he began his ministry,
Jesus didn’t have an address or a home
except in the hearts of his disciples.

He learned obedience to his Father
by persevering in his love and dedication to the disciples.
Remember he said,
“How long have I been with you
and you still do not understand.”

Think of how many times he tried
to bring the Pharisees and scribes around
but they would not listen.

How sad this must’ve been for him.
I am sure that if we read through the Gospels,
we would find many instances
where Jesus suffered something
because he was faithful to his Father’s command.

So by looking at his life,
we can safely say that the Father’s commandments for Jesus
were to love all people of the world
without exception at whatever cost
or inconvenience it may bring upon him.

And I would safely say
that the greatest commandment of love
he received from his Father
was to show mercy to us when we have sinned.
Our Lord Jesus commandments for us
are no different than his Fathers were for him –
to love everyone, especially when it costs us something dearly,
and for some, it was their life.

We honor them as martyrs.

If they can receive his grace, so can we.

Rick Pilger

Father Pilger, I.C. was born in Canton, Illinois and was ordained at St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh, England in December 1978. He joined the Blessed Sacrament Parish in August 1995, coming here from Sacred Heart Parish in Bradenton Florida.

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