Friday of the Fifth Week of Easter
Malvern Minute


Friday of the Fifth Week of Easter

May 15, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Memorial Feast:  Saint Isadore (560-+636) – Patron Saint of Farmers

Acts of the Apostles 15:22-31

Psalm 57

John 15:12-17


Today our Lord commands His disciples, as well as all of us, to, “Love one another as I love you.”  With this commandment there is no option, is there?  It is not something we would do only if we felt like it.  Or is it something that we would do every once in a while, more or less at our own convenience.

Many people struggle at this point.  They may ask, “How can you command love?”  Love is a human emotion, and if you don’t love someone you can’t help force yourself to do so.

The love Jesus speaks of is a different kind of love.  We can be certain of one thing.  He would never command us to do something that is impossible.

Today’s Gospel narrative is a wonderful explanation of what our faith is all about.  I really “love” this passage for a number of reasons, but most especially because of how the humanity of our Lord comes through. We must always remember that Jesus was born of a woman and became man, a human being, just like us.  He is God and He is man.  He is telling us not to worship Him but to follow His example and His teachings.

Our Risen Lord is at the core a man who “walked the walk” after He had spent three years of His life on earth “talking the talk.”  He laid down His life for the sake of His friends.  That means all of us!  He loved people so much that He died fro them.  For us to be good Christians we should love our neighbors just as much.  We too must “walk the walk.”

Jesus tells us, “It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you.”  He chose us to help us and to teach us by His own example.  Our living a life like His is how we become like Him which in turn makes us good examples for others to follow Jesus’ teachings.  Everything Jesus did for us was out of His love for us.  May we always show Him our love and devotion in return.

Question of the Day:  How will you choose Jesus as your guide to everlasting life?

Prayer:  My Lord and my Savior, open my heart to my brothers and sisters.  Teach me the secret to serving them with humility, so that I may always become more like you.  Amen.

Please continue to pray for the victims of the Coronavirus and for all who are affected by this unprecedented pandemic.










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