As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. 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. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete. “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
You are my friends if you do what I command you. I 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. You 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. I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Several years ago during a trip I opened up one of those airline magazines and stumbled upon a prayer from St. Francis deSales:
Persevere in overcoming yourself in the little, everyday frustrations that bother you, let your best efforts be direct there; God wishes nothing else of you at present, so don’t waste your time doing anything else…be thoroughly who you are. Direct your thoughts to being very good at that and bearing the crosses, little or great, that you will find there…
I still have that tattered piece of paper in my breviary today.
In today’s feast day readings, Jesus reminds us today to remain in his love – Jesus chose us, not the other way around. St. Ignatius reminds us to find God in all things. How do we do that? It’s not all that complicated, as we are reminded by following the wisdom and example of St. Francis deSales.
—Jim Bozik is a permanent deacon at St. Peter Catholic Church in Charlotte, NC, the Jesuit parish in the Diocese of Charlotte.
Do not look forward in fear to the changes in life; rather, look to them with full hope that as they arise, God, whose very own you are, will lead you safely through all things; and when you cannot stand it, God will carry you in His arms.
Do not fear what may happen tomorrow; the same understanding Father who cares for you today will take care of you then and every day.
He will either shield you from suffering or will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace, and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.
—St. Francis de SalesPlease share the Good Word with your friends!