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Gospel Reflection for 6th Sunday of Easter, Year B, May 6th 2018
The gospel today is a sort of vision and mission statement of Jesus. It highlights the love of Jesus for us, his call, and his hope that we will bear fruit.
More than that – it is a call to follow in love. That we are willing to take on the characteristics of being a follower of Jesus in care, love and compassion for others.
More still – we are to bear fruit. The call of Jesus is to share in the salvation of the world, in making the world a better place to live in for everyone. The follower of Jesus is committed to care of the earth and care for others. Love for the earth and love of each and all is ‘fruit that will last’.
It is a high calling, challenging to us at all ages – for the young when making decisions about life and where the gospel of Jesus influences our decision; to follow through on our promise to serve God well at all ages of life, and to surrender much to him in elder years.
The love, the call and our service is at the root of a great and sustaining joy in life as Jesus wants ‘our joy to be complete’ and we join our lives to his vision of the world and how it might be.
Donal Neary SJ
Fr Donal Neary SJ is the Editor of the Sacred Heart Messenger Magazine