November 20, 2022
Gospel – May 14, 2020 – John 15:9-17
Jesus said to his disciples:
“As the Father loves me, so I also love you.
Remain in my love.
If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love,
just as I have kept my Father’s commandments
and remain in his love.
“I have told you this so that my joy might be in you
and your joy might be complete.
This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.
No one has greater love than this,
to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
You are my friends if you do what I command you.
I no longer call you slaves,
because a slave does not know what his master is doing.
I have called you friends,
because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father.
It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you
and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain,
so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.
This I command you: love one another.”
When Jesus says we should go and bear more fruit, what does that mean to you? Does it mean to go produce more work?
I think this reading is meant for us individually. I’m not the arbiter of your gifts – that’s God.
But I do know there is something common to all of us – love. Jesus was really good at it. Can we be good at it?
We better be.
At least that’s what I heard Him say…