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Saint Anne Parish

Saint Anne Parish

Short message from Fr. Lawrence R. Brito

6th Sunday of Easter

     When Jesus prepares to ascend to his Father, he prepares his disciples with the final instructions. Jesus told us something worth repeating here. "As the Father loves me, so I love you." These words are the good news that the disciples will make known throughout the world. God loves us more than we could ever image. He wants us to remain in his love. The way we do this is to keep his commandments. His Commandments are based on love, because God is love. Jesus returns to the Father but commits himself to remain with us until the end of time. He also agrees to send the Holy Spirit to be with us and guide us. It is in the seven sacraments of the Church that we have a true encounter with Jesus and where we see the Holy Spirit working in us. Like the apostles, we have to wait in joyful hope for the coming of the Lord. Our hope is bond together with Jesus’ final mandate. Jesus said, "This is what I command you to love one another." If we follow all the Commandments, but have no love, we never really understood the Commandments. Because the Commandments are from God and God is love, the Commandments are our way of remaining in God's love. Keeping the commandments will lead us to love one another. When we love each other we do what Jesus has commanded. Be good to each other. Stop hating. The commandments are the way of divine love. The good news is that; Jesus, who is our head, awaits in heaven for us, his body to arrive safely. Where he has gone we hope to follow. The Holy Church with her seven sacraments is here to help us get there safely. We proclaim your death, O Lord, and profess your resurrection until you come again. Come, Lord Jesus! And send out your Spirit to renew the face of the earth. Amen


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