Today’s scripture readings are filled with the call to love.
Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God…(1 John 4: 7)
As the Father loves me, so I also love you (John 15:9).
No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends (John 15:13).
This I command you: love one another (John 15:17).
In the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles Peter made a discovery about God’s love. “In truth, I see that God shows no partiality.”
Last week, May 2nd, I received an email from Archbishop Naumann asking us to respond in love to the needs of the people of Nepal.
“On April 25, a devastating magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck Nepal near Kathmandu, also affecting nearby parts of India. Avalanches were reported in the Himalayas, including on Mount Everest. The official death toll is over 4,600 lives. Catholic Relief Services emergency personnel are onsite and giving aid to the tens of thousands of people affected by this powerful earthquake.
The people of Nepal urgently need our help. Please consider taking up a special collection at Masses. Proceeds will be forwarded to Catholic Relief Services. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Sincerely yours in Jesus, the Lord of life,
Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann
Next weekend (May 16th & 17th) we will take up a collection to assist the people of Nepal. Let’s respond in love.
This Sunday we celebrate Mother’s Day. They are examples to us of living the command to love. We appreciate the sacrifices they have made. In many ways they lay down their lives for us. They remind us that we are loved and called to love others.