Monday in the 6th week of Easter
Saint for the day: St. Matthias, Apostle (1st Century)
Acts 1:15-17, 20-26
“As the father loves me, so I also love you. REMAIN IN MY LOVE!
These opening words of today’s Gospel must be important since we just heard this same Gospel passage yesterday! This wouldn’t necessarily happen in the other two years of the Sunday Cycle of scripture passages.
In all of these days between Easter and Pentecost we more than get our share of “love me as I love the father and the father loves me…” Yet this is the very core of our relationship with God, Jesus and The Spirit. And God must have known that we would need to hear this over and over in order for us to really absorb it into the fabric of our lives. And the last part of that quote above is key to our on-going relationship with God/Jesus: REMAIN!
In today’s fast-moving society we need to slow down enough to remain with Jesus. Right at the beginning days of Eastertide we heard that familiar Gospel account of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus and their chance encounter with Jesus: “Stay with us for it is getting towards evening.” It was in their “remaining with Him” that he revealed and opened their minds to understand all that He was about. And the “remaining” was in the context of the breaking of the bread!
This should give us a clue that the Eucharist is key to our living with Jesus. It’s in and through the Eucharist that we come to understand the Scriptures. I know that some of the recent changes to the wording of the Mass have left some people confused yet if we look at the phrase that we say right before receiving the Eucharist we might see the importance of this change: we used to say, Lord, I am not worthy that you should come to me but only say the world and I shall be healed.” That has been changed. Now we are saying, “Lord I am not worthy that you should come under my roof but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.” In Psalm 27 the Lord promises to draw us deep into his Tent and set us up high upon a rock. Being physically healed is a good thing but it’s not enough if our soul is also not healed. Take some time to think about this thought of remaining in His Love as He Heals our Souls. Amen!
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