Love one another

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Love one another
Fifth Sunday of Easter


Today’s first reading from the Acts of the Apostles attest to the reality of God’s triumph over death and his rising to new life.  The reading then goes on to talk about the conclusion of Paul’s first missionary journey.  After returning from Antioch, Paul and Barnabas call the church together to tell them what God has done with them and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles.


The second reading from Revelations tells about the final implications of going through the door of faith.   It leads to a new heaven and a new earth. 

The Gospel reading from St. John once again speaks directly to the people in these words,  My children, I will be with you only a little while longer. I give you a new commandment:  “Love one another.  This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”


 Mother Teresa of  Calcutta once wrote a commentary on this Gospel message.  She said,  “Love must first begin at home, then with your neighbors and finally it must reach out to every person we come in contact with.”


During our Eucharistic Liturgy, each if us will have the opportunity to extend the sign of peace to the persons in the chapel with us. . The sign of peace is a sign of love which we extend to each other before we come to the Altar to receive Holy Communion.  We  then have the opportunity to bring that same love to members of our family, then to our neighbors and finally to every person we come in contact with. This Jubilee year of mercy, there are specified doorways that if we go through, we receive special graces.  Let us be the special grace of love to others whenever we go through a new doorway throughout our day today



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