Daily Reflection on the Gospel of Sunday, May 5, 2024

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Today, we celebrate the last Sunday before the solemnities of the Ascension and the Pentecost that close the Easter celebrations. If all through these Sundays the resurrected Jesus has appeared before us as the Good Shepherd and as the vine which we have to be a part of, as its branches are, today his Heart is open wide for us.

Certainly, in his Heart we can only find love. What constitutes God's deepest mystery is that He is Love. Whatever He has done from his Creation to his redemption through Christ is because of love. Whatever He is expecting from us in response to his actions is just love. This is why his words resound today: «Remain in my love» (Jn 15:9). Love requests reciprocity, it is like having a dialogue that makes us reciprocate with a growing love to his first love.

A fruit of love is joy: «I have told you all this, that my own joy may be in you and your joy may be complete» (Jn 15:11). If our life does not reflect the joy of believing, if we are overwhelmed by our own frustrations and do not realize the Lord is also next to us, consoling us, it is because we do not know Jesus sufficiently well.

God always keeps the initiative. He expressly says so when He affirms «it was I who chose you» (Jn 15:16). We may feel tempted to think it is us who have chosen him, but we have done nothing but answering his call. He has freely chosen us to be his friends: «I shall not call you servants (…). Instead I have called you friends» (Jn 15:15).

In the beginning, God spoke to Adam as a friend speaks to his friend. Christ, the new Adam, has recovered for us not only the previous friendship, but also our intimacy with God, inasmuch as God is Love.

It can all be summarized by saying just this word: “Love”. St. Augustine reminds us so: «The good Master recommends us quite often that charity is the only possible commandment. Without charity all the other good qualities mean nothing. Charity, in fact, leads man necessarily to all the other virtues that make him good».