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Scripture Reflections - May 9
Sixth Sunday of Easter

Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48
1st John 4:7-10
John 15-9-17

Archives Msgr Paul E. Whitmore
Msgr. Paul E. Whitmore

The Holy Spirit blows where He will, and in the early church, He acted powerfully and swiftly in a way that was far ahead of the decisions of the Apostles. At Pentecost, the earth shook as flames of fire came upon their heads. They were transformed.

In the first reading today from Acts, the Sprit filled the household of Cornelius with faith and other charisms. Skipping all Jewish laws, Peter baptized them on the spot. The door was opened for all Gentiles to be become Christians. The Church grew by leaps and bounds.

In the second reading from John’s first epistle, we are given the dynamic teaching that we are invited and commanded to love God, for God first loved us, not the other way around. In love He sent his Son Jesus to redeem and save us. In His love, and in our obedient response, we have life – eternal life.

Today’s Gospel of John is the capstone of Jesus’ teaching to His Apostles. As He is about to enter into His passion, He makes an impassioned plea that they remain in His love. In this farewell address, Jesus begs them to love Him as He loves them. How? By keeping His commandments. They are now His friends, and He has taught them everything He has heard from His Father. The key word is “remain” – persevere, love me and all others, no matter how difficult and unpleasant they can be. This is our work for the whole journey of life.

This Thursday is the Feast of the Ascension. May we gather with Mary in prayer to prepare for the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Each one of us is called personally by the divine Advocate. Through Him, we grow in knowledge of who we are. Through listening to His daily inspirations, we grow more in love of God and of our neighbor.

Today is Mothers’ Day, a time to honor and appreciate all our mothers, living and dead. We well know how often we take their love and sacrifice for granted. We commend them to our Mother Mary, whose love we celebrate, especially this month. She is our mother, to whom we can always turn in supplication to help us love Her Son as she did.

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