Thursday 23 May 2019

About Today Readings

Acts 15:7-21. Psalm 95(96):1-3, 10. John 15:9-11.

Proclaim his marvellous deeds to all the nations – Psalm 95(96):1-3, 10. 

‘If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remained in his love.’

On the surface, these words appear very simple – you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours. But, underneath, the meaning is far more profound.

The commands of Jesus are deep, meaningful, thought-worthy and difficult. They take daily dedication, reflection, revision and reassignment. They take us away from the ‘me’ and into the ‘you’. They take us away from simply following to be a participant, a listener, a doer, a reader and reflector. Following Jesus’ commands isn’t easy, but with that we grow, learn, stretch ourselves and, ultimately, love.

Be with those I love, Jesus, and be with me. Give me confidence in your love, so that my joy will shine forth and encourage others. Help me be a sign of your presence at work in the world. Give me the grace to attend to your presence, that I may ‘proclaim your marvellous deeds’.

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