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 may be in you and your joy might be complete.” (John: 15:9-10)
The relationship that now exists between God and man is real and direct. It is not something “once-removed.” How often do we hear people claim a close relationship with someone when in fact that connection is, at best, tenuous. We joke at the “Six Degrees of Separation” with the actor Kevin Bacon which has all people and things relating back to this actor. We are happy to claim “kinship” no matter how remote with a famous or “important person.” Yet, there is no separation with Jesus. And above all else, we should be happy to claim fellowship with Him. Jesus tells us that we will share the full inheritance of the Father’s relationship by remaining with Him; all we have to do is keep his commandments.
Not a bad deal is it? The roadmap is simple: attend Mass, honor the Lord’s name, don’t worship false god’s like riches, power or prestige, respect our parents even when they are forgetful and in need of much care, remain faithful in our commitments, like marriage, avoid jealousies, do not steal. If we follow this we will be fully attached to the source of all love and peace, Jesus. Why do people let a perfectly good plant die in their home? Normally, it is because they forget to water it.
Why do some people feel so dry and dead in their spiritual relationship with the Lord? Because they forget to remain tight on the vine in prayer, confession, scriptural readings and doing what they know is the right thing to do in caring for their soul and for the souls of another. Do you want joy in your life? Remain on the vine; stay always with Jesus; reap the bounty of His Father’s love.
With all the celebration going on, do not forget…next weekend is not only the Feast of the Ascension…but also…we celebrate all our mothers, living and deceased. It is their love which reflects the love God has for us. I realize not every maternal relationship is ideal; I understand that this most primary and primal connection is oftentimes fractured. Yet I ask that if this is indeed your situation, you reach out to mend that vine. I ask that you pray for the strength and grace to do so. For all those whose mothers and grandmothers are no longer here with us, as my own grandmother, offer your prayers today to them. For all those who seek to become mothers, know of my prayers for you that Mary our most loving mother gives you the grace to follow whatever path our Lord has set for you.
Early Happy Mother’s Day!