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Thursday in Easter Week

Read – reflect – respond (in prayer, silence, possibly a comment)

Lectio Divina – sacred reading
John 15:12-27

12 ‘This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15I do not call you servants* any longer, because the servant* does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. 16You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. 17I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.
The World’s Hatred

18 ‘If the world hates you, be aware that it hated me before it hated you. 19If you belonged to the world,* the world would love you as its own. Because you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world-therefore the world hates you. 20Remember the word that I said to you, “Servants* are not greater than their master.” If they persecuted me, they will persecute you; if they kept my word, they will keep yours also. 21But they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me. 22If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23Whoever hates me hates my Father also. 24If I had not done among them the works that no one else did, they would not have sin. But now they have seen and hated both me and my Father. 25It was to fulfil the word that is written in their law, “They hated me without a cause.”

26 ‘When the Advocate* comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf. 27You also are to testify because you have been with me from the beginning.

Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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One Response to Thursday in Easter Week

  1. Our modern culture so trivializes the word “friend.” In the context of the English language, it can mean anything from “just someone you barely know” to “we’re sleeping together”.

    But when Jesus called the disciples “friends” he meant something far more powerful than we use this word 95% of the time. It takes a lot of strength to be a friend in the Gospel sense. It means really truly sharing the burdens of others, enjoying their joys and sorrows, appreciating their strengths, understanding their weaknesses, and not being afraid to the strong emotions this kind of love creates. Being a friend in the Gospel sense is not for weaklings!

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