Thought for the Week

FROM ST. AUGUSTINE SPIRITUALITY CENTER

May 6-12, 2018

 

One of the readings for this Sunday is so beautiful it bears repeating as follows:

 

            Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten

            by God and knows God.  Whoever is without love does not know God for God is love.

            In this way the love of God was revealed to us: God sent his only Son into the world so

            that we might have life through him.  In this is love: Not that we have loved God, but that

            he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins.  1 John 4: 7-10

 

This is such a simple formula for peace.  Jesus further explains this gift of love in John 15: 9-17, when he says, This is my commandment: Love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.  You are my friends if you do what I command you.

 

We, of course, see this in Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.  We have seen this in recent shootings here in the United States where a boyfriend gives his life to protect his girlfriend and others risk their lives to save strangers.  Soldiers do this in combat; the “guardians,” such as, many firemen, paramedics and police do this daily.  Parents will do this for their children.  We can give thanks for these exemplary people and hold them and their families in our prayers.

 

The Old Testament Law of Loving others as we love ourselves, is replaced by Loving as Jesus did.  He healed; he forgave; he was kind to everyone; he was generous; he was present both in joy and sorrow; he did not seek revenge; he taught right relationships and he died for all.

 

Thursday is the traditional celebration of the Ascension.  However, in the Diocese of Laredo, Texas this feast will be celebrated next Sunday, May 13.

 

As we continue to strive for a “loving community,” may the Risen Savior bless each of us.

 

Sister Rosemarie Goins, CSSF

Director