Sixth Sunday of Easter

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Love one another as I have loved you.

This week we are invited to reflect on the command to love one another as we have been loved by the Lord. He sets his own example as the model we are called to emulate. With such a high standard to follow how might this be possible?

In the Acts of the Apostles we get a clue to answering that question. The Holy Spirit descends upon Cornelius and his household, that gift of the Love of God transforms their lives, and is transformative for us too.

As you begin these reflections each day spend a few moments repeating the phrase “Speak Lord, your servant it listening.” Then read the short passage from Sunday’s readings until you have memorised it. Read the questions and give yourself time to deeply consider your response. Once you have reflected for a few minutes, speak to the Lord, as you would to a friend, about what you have reflected upon.

 

Sunday.

The Peter addressed them, ‘The truth I have now come to realise,’ he said, ‘is that God does not have favourites, but that anybody of any nationality who fears God and does what is right is acceptable to him. (Acts 10:34-35)

  • What have you come to realise about God?
  • Does God not having favourites challenge you in any way?
  • What have you seen in other nationality’s relationship with God that you admire?
  • Listen to the Lord who accepts you.

 

Monday.

While Peter was still speaking the Holy Spirit came down on all the listeners. Jewish believers who had accompanied Peter were all astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit should be poured out on the pagans too. (Acts 10:44-45)

  • What astonishes you?
  • How have you experienced the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in your life?
  • Have you seen the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on people you wouldn’t have expected?
  • Allow the gift of the Holy Spirit to fill you now.

 

Tuesday.

 The Lord has made known his salvation, has shown his justice to the nations. He has remembered his truth and love for the house of Israel. (Psalm 97: 2-3)

  • How have you come to know God’s salvation?
  • Where is justice lacking among the nations?
  • What is God’s truth about you?
  • Listen to the Lord as he reminds you of his love.

 

Wednesday.

My dear people let us love one another since love comes from God and everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Anyone who fails to love can never have known God, because God is love. (1 John 4:7-8)

  • Who do you find it difficult to love or have failed to love?
  • How do you experience love coming for God?
  • ‘God is love.’ Reflect on the truth of that statement.
  • Listen to the love of God who has begotten you.

 

Thursday.

I have told you this so that my own joy may be in you and your joy be complete. This is my commandment: love one another as I have loved you. (John 15:11-12)

  • Where do you find joy?
  • To love as we have been loved – where do you find this difficult?
  • To love as we have been loved – where do you find this easy?
  • Listen to the Lord who pours his joy into you.

 

Friday

A man can have no greater love than to lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. (John 15: 13-14)

  • Have you ever witnessed such great love?
  • How does it feel to be called a friend of the Lord?
  • Jesus laid down his life for you. Reflect on that great love.
  • Listen to the Lord speak his word of love in your heart.

 

Saturday

You did not choose me, no I chose you; and I commissioned you to go out and to bear much fruit, fruit that will last. (John 15:17)

  • When have you felt chosen by the Lord?
  • What does the Lord see in you that he chooses you?
  • What fruits are you bearing in your life?
  • Listen to the Father who gives you anything you ask in Christ’s name.
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