Monday of the Fifth Week of Easter
Malvern Minute

 

Monday of the Fifth Week of Easter

May 11, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

 

Acts of the Apostles 14:5-18

Psalm 115

John 14:21-26

 

“Love” is one of the greatest of Christian themes.  We Christians are taught that God is love, that love is what put Jesus on the cross and that we are to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.  In fact we are supposed to feel such love that we would be willing to lay down our lives for another.  Think of the “love” that is being displayed by so many who are on the “front lines” of medical, emergency, food, and so may services during the Coronavirus pandemic? 

Today’s Gospel narrative, which is part of the Last Supper discourse, Jesus speaks of the love both He and His Father in heaven, has for His disciples.  He urges them to prove their love for Him through their loyalty and obedience to His Word.  Saint Augustine wrote, “The Lord loves each of us as if there were only one of us to love.”  God loves each one of us and this love is as real as the love of a mother for her child.  It is because He makes us know Him personally and intimately in order to grow in the knowledge of His great love for us. 

How can we know and be assured of the love of God?  The Holy Spirit helps us grow in the knowledge of God and His great, unconditional love.  The Spirit enables us to experience the love of God and to be assured of the Lord’s presence within us.  God the Holy Spirit also opens our ears and hearts to hear and understand the Word of God.

Friends, there is a story by an unknown author who wrote about strolling through the English countryside with a friend.  As they passed a barn with a weather vane on its roof the friend noticed the vane had the inscription “GOD IS LOVE” written on it.  He commented that it was n inappropriate place for such a message.  After thinking a few moments the unknown author simply said, “Weather vanes are changeable but God’s love is constant.  Regardless of which way the wind blows, GOD IS LOVE!” 

Question of the Day:  Will you pray to the Holy Spirit to inflame your heart with the love of God and His Holy Word?

Prayer:  “The Holy Spirit will teach you everything and remind you of all I told you.”  (Gospel Acclamation for Monday, May 11, 2020.) 

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

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