Acts 1:15-17, 20a, 20c-26 Psalm 47 I John 4:11-16 John 17: 1b-19
Have you ever had the sensation that someone was listening to a conversation that you were having with another person? Although it is somewhat off-putting, sometimes, the listening experience provides food for thought and conversion.
In today’s First Reading from Acts, we have a kind of “Were You There?” experience.
We observe Peter taking a bold initiative for the early community: recognizing the fallibility of one of the Twelve, they as a community call on the Holy Spirit to renew the leadership of the community. They do this not by lobbying, poll-taking, party caucuses but in a spirit, the Spirit of God, a Spirit of unity, forgiveness and new-beginnings in love.
They trust that God can work through each one of them.
The Psalm reinforces this conviction, reminding us that God is the source of all healing, calling us to do God’s bidding in love.
I wonder if the word “bidding” and the word “abiding” have a common root. Surely those who abide in God’s love will do God’s bidding which is to love. It goes without saying that without God’s Spirit of love and forgiveness, we cannot love those we can see and be with. It will be almost impossible to love God and to be responsible to and for the creation and creatures of God all around us if we only rely on ourselves.
As our country celebrates Mothers’ Day, a day instituted to honor the mothers of those who died in war, let our prayer be that of Jesus:
May we live true to the name of Jesus, communities of those who love one another in mutual forgiveness and affirmation.
May we be one just as Jesus and the Father are one in the love we have for God and for others. Who are we to determine who is deserving or undeserving of our love and our initiatives towards reconciliation?
May we share Jesus’ joy completely, believing and seeing God’s forgiving, healing love at work in others and through them, in ourselves.
May we make every effort, united in God, to resist evil and to keep others from the evils that people/we can inflict on one another near and far;
May we be consecrated in the truth: Jesus has prayed for us that we will live in love and courageous humility.
God in the Holy Spirit has given us the great commission. With a motherly love and trust, God embraces us and lets us go out to others to share the good news of undying love.
-Sr. Mary Laura Lesniak
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