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Reflections and Perspectives

Welcome! Reflections, Testimonials, and Perspectives for St. Mary Magdalen are offered by our priests, deacons, parishioners, and others as guest writers. We will offer a Sunday Reflection as well as other topics. 

  • Deacon Anthony Cincotta

Friday of the Fifth Week of Easter

Acts 15:22-31, Psalm 57:8-9, 10-12, & John 15:12-17

All of us have noticed, within the four Gospels, there are many instances in which the statement and explanation of the Great Commandment (law of love) is considered. Therefore, what does today’s passage from the Gospel of Saint John specifically tell us?

First, Jesus gives the perfect example of how we are to love one another. Our love is to be utterly unselfish to the point of giving one’s life for one’s friends. Here, Jesus distinguishes between friends who freely obey the commands of Christ with full understanding and slaves who only obey because they must.

Second, these lines point out divine selection. It is not we who have chosen God; however, self-motivated our choice might seem to us. Instead, all our efforts are in response to God taking the initiative in our lives.

Finally, Jesus never asks us to do anything He was not willing to do. The loving obedience He asks of us was that offered by Him to His Father. His unselfish love on the cross is the ideal and source of inspiration for us. Happily for us, the joy and enthusiasm of the early disciples recorded in the Acts of the Apostles can also be ours, to the extent that we bear the fruit of this commandment of loving one another.

We are not slaves, for we are the sisters and brothers of our Lord Jesus and the followers of His teaching and example.

Question of the Day: How will you perpetuate Jesus’ teaching to become an example for others to follow?

Prayer: Jesus, our brother, make us a holy community. Help us to grow in love for You and one another. Amen.



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