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Fr. Steven Scherrer, MM, ThD
Homily of Sunday, 6th Sunday of Easter, May 13, 2012
Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48, Ps. 97, 1 John 4:7-10, John 15:9-17

"As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you; abide in my love" (John 15:9).

Jesus Christ came from above (John 8:23), sent by the Father to make the Father known to us (John 1:18), to reveal to us his love for us, and to introduce us into this resplendent river of divine love, so that we might live in it. The Father loved the Son from all eternity. The Son lives eternally in this river of divine love, and he has come to introduce us into this splendor. To do so he has come into the world and loved us. He reflects upon us the love of the Father, in which he always lives. While he was with us in the flesh, he communicated to us this divine love, this same love of his Father in which he himself lives, and which is the source of his own life. As he lives through the Father and because of the Father, he wants us to live through Christ and because of Christ (John 6:57; 14:19; 1 John 4:9). For this reason "God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him" (1 John 4:9), that is, by means of him, because of him.

Because of our faith, our obedience, and our love for him, Christ lives within us (John 14:21, 23). He lives in our heart if we love and obey him, and in this way he fills us with the love of God. "If a man loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him" (John 14:23). He communicates to us the love of the Father in which he lives. He furthermore gave us the Eucharist so that he could continue to live in us in a new and special way. Through the Eucharist he transforms and divinizes us, filling us with his own divinity and divine love. He wants us to continue living in this ray of divine love that he brought us. And he wants to continue living in our heart through our faith, illuminating us by his own love, which is the love of the Father.

Christ came into the world preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God (Mark 1:14), making the Father and his love for us known to us. He said, "I made known to them thy name, and I will make it known, that the love with which thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them" (John 17:26). He wants us to also live in this same river of divine love in which he lives. He wants this same love to be in us, and he himself to be in us-"and I in them" (John 17:26). As he is one with the Father, he wants to be one with us, so that he might thereby unite us to the Father (John 14:20).

Christ told us that the way of obedience to the will of God is the way of the love of God. "If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love" (John 15:10). He furthermore says that if we walk along this road of loving obedience to his will, he will manifest himself to us and make his abode with us (John 14:21, 23). Now he tells us that if we obey his commandments, we will remain in his love, just as he remains in the love of his Father by keeping his Father's commandments. His obedience to his Father is our model. As he obeyed his Father, we are to obey Christ. If we do this, we will remain in his love, as Christ remains in his Father's love.

Christ was not alone. The Father was always with him-except for his time of abandonment in Gethsemane (Mark 14:34) and on the cross (Mark 15:34) to suffer our punishment for our sins. The Father was otherwise always with him, for Jesus always did the will of the Father. If we always do the will of Christ, he will always be with us, together with the Father. He said, "He who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what is pleasing to him" (John 8:29). He also said, "The hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, every man to his home, and you will leave me alone; yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me" (John 16:32). If I do not want to be alone, I must obey Christ, for then he will live in me (John 14:23).

All this brings us happiness. "These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full" (John 15:11). This great mystery of divine love, which Christ came to reveal to us and into which he wishes to introduce us, is something that gives us joy and makes us truly happy. He said, "These things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves" (John 17:13). It is a gospel of joy that he preaches. St. John says the same: "We are writing this that our joy may be complete" (1 John 1:4).

And what is God's will for us that if we do it, we will remain in his love, in this resplendent river of divine love? It is to love God with all our heart, and our neighbor as ourselves (Mark 12:30-31). He who has this great love for God will leave all else for his sake (Matt. 13:44-46). Those who love him more, will be more loved by him. Therefore the state of life in which we renounce more for the love of God in order to have a completely undivided heart in our love for him is the highest state of life. This is the priestly and religious life. This is the most radical way to live for God alone. And so in this way of life-if lived well-one is normally more completely submerged in the resplendent river of divine love. The loss of belief by many today that this is the highest state of life and that it brings us these advantages is one of the major causes of the present vocations crisis in many countries today, because this belief is one the most important motivations for choosing and remaining faithful to this state of life that requires such great sacrifices-the sacrifice of marriage, family, home, and the pleasures of the world. (On this point, click on this link: http://www.stevenscherrer.com/admin/upload/122.pdf ).

"Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends" (John 15:13). Jesus did this for us on the cross for our redemption, to serve our death sentence for our sins for us, instead of us, to free us from our sins and guilt, so that we might live in his love. We are to also give our life in love for our brothers (1 John 3:16). This is Jesus' second greatest commandment-to love our neighbor as ourselves. If we love God with all our heart, and our neighbor as ourselves, serving our neighbor in love, we will remain in God's love, in this splendid river of divine love.


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