May 9, 2021, 6th Sunday of Easter
Theme: “Loving One Another ”
Homily by Fr. Andy Ilustre
First reading: Acts 10: 44- 48
Second Reading: 1 John 5: 1- 6
Psalm Reading: Psalm 98: 1- 6
Gospel Reading: John 15: 9: 17
Christ chose to love us even though we are sinners.
When He was at the garden of Gethsemane, rather than following His own will, Christ chose to offer Himself in obedience to the Father as a proof of His love in action. Christ is the manifestation of TRUE LOVE. As He asked the Father of His will for Christ, we also need to ask God’s will for our lives in order for us to also become the manifestation of Christ’s love to the world.
Remaining in Christ’s love is not Christ’s choice, but it is our choice. He already made himself as the model of obedience because God said that if we truly love Him, we would obey His commandments. Christ is the very image of God’s love — Agape or Godly Love is our response from God to the people by doing what Christ commands us to do, which is to get closer to the outcasts of society. Visiting the prisoners, healing the sick, clothing the naked, feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, freeing from bondage the oppressed, and many more acts of kindness.
People will reward you of your goodness, but if people cannot give back, God will reward you for your good works. Manly love might result to manipulation, but in Godly love there is assurance because you are willing to die for the sake of others. Just like what Jesus did, He died on the cross for you and me — His friends. Then, the love for Jesus will make us to willingly and seriously offer our lives for the cause of Christ because we know that the reward for Christ’s love is eternal life.
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