Week of May 21, 2017

Jesus said to his disciples, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” Jn. 14:15

Clearly Jesus was not talking about the Ten Commandments.  What commandments was he talking about?  A look at the Gospels will provide some clues as to the answer.  There are certain do’s and don’ts he talked about that are guidelines for his followers.  We are dealing with a new spirit, new values and attitudes towards God, towards our neighbor, and towards life.

Don’ts

Do not return evil for evil.  Nothing is achieved by retaliation, except to pile darkness upon darkness.

Do not judge your neighbor.  No one knows all the facts in any particular case except God.

Do not worry about food, and drink, and clothes, as if these were the most important things in life.  Make it your first concern to live a life worthy of a son or a daughter of God, and all the rest will fall into place.

Do not look back once you have put your hand to the plow, that is, once you have decided to follow my way.  And once you have made what you are sure is a right decision in life, go forward trusting in God.

Do not give up hope when times are rough.  Keep on trusting in me and in the Father.  Remember that you are worth more than a thousand sparrows.

Do’s

Let the light of your goodness shine before people.  The light you shed around you will help others to find their way, and the Father will be glorified.

Love your enemies.  To be kind to those you don’t like, or who may have been unkind to you, is hard.  But if you do this, you will be the salt of the earth.

Give generously.  The measure you give to others, will be the measure you receive from God.

Forgive those who sin against you.  Then you have nothing to fear in regard to your own sins.  God has already forgiven them.

See that your minds and hearts are clean.  Then all your thoughts, words and deeds will be clean, like water coming from an unpolluted well.

Take this bread and eat it.  Take this cup and drink it.  Do this in memory of me.  In the Eucharistic Banquet you will find the nourishment you need to live as my disciples.

And love one another, the way I have loved you.  Then all will know that you are disciples of mine.

We can’t truly call ourselves disciples of Jesus if we don’t listen to his words and make an effort to live by them.  One wouldn’t be much of a Christian if one didn’t life as Jesus taught.  (Flor McCarthy, SDB)

Forty years of priesthood have gone by quickly.  I am grateful for the opportunity to serve in this way.  It has brought me many blessings.  Thank you for being part of those blessings.

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