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From Fr. Brito, Pastor

6th Sunday Easter C 

May 22, 2022

Do not let your hearts be troubled...

     When Jesus prepares to ascend his Father, he prepares his disciples with the last instructions. Last week Jesus told us something that is worth repeating here. "As the Father loves me, so I love you."  These words are the good news that the disciples were entrusted with to share with the whole world. God loves us more than we could have imagined. He wants us to remain in his love. The way we do this is to keep his word. He says in today’s Gospel: “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him”. 

     His Word/Commandment is 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 promises  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 experience the Holy Spirit working in us.

      Like the apostles, we have to wait in the joyful hope for the coming of the Lord. Our wait subsists in fulfilling the final mandate. Jesus said, "This is what I command you: love one another" . If we follow all the Commandments, but do not have love, we really never understood the Commandments. Because the Commandments are from God and God is love. The Commandments are our way of remaining in the love of God. Keeping Jesus’ Word will lead us to love one another. When we love one another, we are doing what Jesus has commanded to do.  When we do what Jesus commands us to do, then we live with his gift of peace. 

      Be good to each other. Stop hating. Stop being selfish and stop exploiting each other for your own pleasure. The Commandments are the pathway to divine love. The Holy Church with its seven sacraments is here to help us maintain this gift of peace. Jesus encourages us with these words: “Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid”.  And finally he calls us to rejoice. Amen