Sixth Sunday of Easter (B)

Todays' second reading and the Gospel speak about love, Christian love. You know, Christian love is not forced on a person. It isn’t due to an elixir, nor does it come merely from physical attraction, or any other attraction for that matter. Love, true love, lasting love, only results from the Love of Christ. And that love becomes a magnet as we said the last Sunday. If a person loves the Lord, that love itself will attract other people who are seeking the Lord. We've all experienced this. We have all felt at someone else the presence of Christ[1].

I could say many examples, many saints in Church history, but now I say a woman who is close in time. I invite you to consider Blessed Mother Theresa of Calcutta. Yeah, amazing woman, great example! Her work among the poorest of the poor spread throughout the world. Her religious order, the Missionaries of Charity, became the fastest growing religious order in the Church. Why were so many people attracted to Mother Theresa? Well, certainly they felt called to join her in making the gospel a reality: when I was hungry you gave me food to eat, when I was thirsty you gave me drink[2]. But there was even more than this that attracted people to Mother Theresa. They were drawn by Jesus’ love within her. And like a magnet, that love flowed through her into them.  And then they attracted others to Christ. The love of Christ flowed through her into them.  It still does.

We have been attracted by the dynamism, the magnetism of Jesus Christ. That is why we are here today, why we come every Sunday to church. If we come because the priest is more or less entertaining, we're not really seeking the Lord. We know that saying that we love Jesus is not enough. We have to live His Love. In the Gospel Jesus uses this phrase: Remain in my love. He tells us that we remain in His Love if we keep His commandments. But Jesus doesn’t give a whole list of commandments like Moses did when he came down from Mt. Sinai. Jesus just gives only one commandment: Love one another.

So, that is all that really matters, if we love each other, truly, in the sacrificial love of the Lord, everything else falls into place, automatically. St. Augustine says this put much much better: «Once and for all, a short rule is laid down for you: Love and do what you will. If you keep silence, do it out of love. If you cry out, do it out of love. If you refrain from punishing, do it out of love. Let the root of love be within you. From such a root, nothing but good can come»[3].

So, we are concerned about this or that member of the family.  Maybe he or she is in a bad relationship, or behaving badly. If we strike out at them, let them feel our wrath for the people they are hurting, we will accomplish nothing, as simple as that. But if instead we allow the magnetism within us to be evident in our concern for them, and we seek the ways that we can we best expose them to the love of Christ, eventually, over time, Christ will prevail. We cannot forget: the Easter message is that Jesus is the Victor. Christ wins. He always wins. Always.

My brother, my sister, Our Lord is the elixir of Love. He is the potion that brings happiness. Let us pray today for the courage to love His Presence so much that His Love will flow through us and attract others to love as He Loves. 

Why not speak to others of God? Why not spread to others the love of God? Why are we such cowards and do not talk about the experience of love of God in confession? Why not invite a friend to come to church next Sunday? The apostles, men full of sins and mistakes like you and I invite people to share they faith two thousand years ago, so thanks to the courage they showed today we have the Catholic Church.

One question we get home today: why we are afraid to talk about God to others? May Mary help us in our prayer time to respond with courage ■

[1] Sunday 13th May, 2012, 6th Sunday of Easter. Readings: Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48. The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power—Ps 97(98):1-4. 1 John 4:7-10. John 15:9-17 [Our Lady of Fatima].
[2] Cfr Mt 25.
[3] Sermon on 1 John 7.

Y entonces uno se queda con la Iglesia, que me ofrece lo único que debe ofrecerme la Iglesia: el conocimiento de que ya estamos salvados –porque esa es la primera misión de la Iglesia, el anunciar la salvación gracias a Jesucristo- y el camino para alcanzar la alegría, pero sin exclusividades de buen pastor, a través de esa maravilla que es la confesión y los sacramentos. La Iglesia, sin partecitas.

laus deo virginique matris