I want to share this beautiful and enlightening reflection on John 15:9-11 from Fr. Vincent Serpa’s book “Just a minute, Sixty Seconds a Day with the Gospel”:
“Jesus said to his disciples:
As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love.
If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.
“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.
Nowhere else do we find Jesus expressing such intimacy and vulnerability. What he said to them on Holy Thursday night he showed them on Good Friday. What he said to them he says to you this very moment! He loves you with a love that keeps your heart beating. He loves you with a love that caused his heart to stop. What are you going to do about it? What are you going to do about it?”
-Fr. Vincent Serpa
“Just a minute, Sixty Seconds a Day with the Gospel
What are you going to do about it?
Just think about it:
“He loves you with a love that keeps your heart beating”.
Everything, that is, the air that you breathe, the light that strikes your eyes, you and me, all exists because of him…without him we would not exist. We owed him this very instant…
“He loves you with a love that caused his heart to stop.”
By his death on the Cross, he transformed the ultimate act of human cruelty into the ultimate act of self-giving. It was his love for humanity that opened the gates of heaven for you and for me.
Imagine how your life will be different if every time you see someone suffering you see Christ suffering, if every time someone offends you, you remember all the times that you have offended Christ, and how he still offers you his wounds, his suffering and his death on the Cross, just for you. How much our life will change if we keep such a perspective and what a difference we can make in the world!!!
Do you believe that you can make a difference? I do, because of his Love.
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