6th Sunday of Easter
In this Sunday’s Gospel passage (John 15:9-17), Jesus asked His disciples to remain in His love. He elaborated that to remain in His love is to keep His commandments – i.e. to love one another as He had loved them. This links us back to last Sunday’s Gospel of Jesus’ being the vine, and we the branches. We can say that anyone who truly loves, by default, is ‘grafted’ on to the vine that is Jesus, even if he/she has not come to know Christ directly.
In the context of God’s Revelation in Christ, St John tells us that ‘God is love’. Thus every act that is loving reveals something about God. As I preached last Sunday, many people in our time have the wrong idea of love. Although ‘love’ can be explained in many different ways, I reckon it is best captured in the teaching of Jesus when He taught: “A man can have no greater love than to lay down his life for his friends.” That is the ultimate expression of true love. To remain in God’s love is to learn what He taught.
God bless, Fr Michael