May 17. Easter 6A. Fr Sylvester started by saying, “I almost don’t need to preach a sermon, just using the words of Jesus today is an examination of conscience and a test to see how deep our faith is. ‘If you love me you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father and he will give you another counsellor, to be with you for ever.’ During these weeks with John’s gospel there is a lot of talk about love for Jesus and the Father. But there is more. Do I keep the commandments out of love, or fear of punishment?” Fr Sylvester looked around and continued, ”I would like you all to do an exercise. You know the commandments. Which one do you find most difficult to keep but do so just out of love for Jesus? Think about it and share with your family at home.”
If you love me you will keep my commandments. John 14:15-20
Pope Francis: In some places a spiritual desertification has come about. Attempts by societies to build without God or to eliminate their Christian roots make the Christian world sterile, like overexploited ground. Family and workplace can also be a parched place where faith has to be preserved and communicated. Starting from this desert we can again discover the joy of believing and rediscover the value of what is essential for living. EG 86. Offer a prayer to Our Lady.