Sixth Sunday of Easter - Father Francis Noronha's Weekly Sunday Reflections
My Dear Friends,
Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers of our parish! May God bless you with many blessings. You are a blessing to all of us.
This weekend Jesus says to us “love one another as I have loved you”. God loves us unconditionally. We are also called to reflect this love to our brothers and sisters. We might wonder what kind of love Jesus is asking us to practice. The kind of love that Jesus is talking here is “agape” love. This love invites us to love others without expecting anything in return. This love invites to love others because this who we are created to be. This love invites us to love others because this is the most beautiful quality that one can have. St. Irenaeus long time ago said, “the Glory of God is person fully alive”. When is a person fully alive? I believe that person is fully alive when one’s heart is filled with love, kindness, compassion and care for others especially to those who are vulnerable. The core principle of Christian living is loving without any expectations, conditions or limits. It is living our life in the service of others. Jesus frequently reminds us of this commandment in the gospels. At the end of our life, God will ask us one question, “how much did you love”? So, my dear friends let us love one another. Let us sacrifice our comforts and self-centered attitudes and lay our lives in loving others.
Today our world is craving for “agape” love. Jesus needs us to continue to love our brothers and sisters. Love is the only thing that will help us to eradicate any problems. Let us choose to love.
This weekend we give thanks to God for our mothers. We learn to love and care for others from our mothers. Mothers are a reflection of God’s love. They show us how to love through their actions. Let us celebrate our mothers. Let us respect and honor them. Let seek God’s blessings upon them.
A Prayer in Gratitude for Our Mothers:
Good and Gentle God,
we pray in gratitude for our mothers and for all the women who have joined with you in the wonder of bringing forth new life. You who became human through a woman, grant to all mothers the courage they need to face the uncertain future that life with children always brings. Give them the strength to live and to be loved in return, not perfectly, but humanly.
Give them the faithful support of husband, family and friends as they care for the physical and spiritual growth of their children. Give them joy and delight in their children to sustain them through the trials of motherhood. Most of all, give them the wisdom to turn to you for help when they need it most.
May God bless you all with love, safety and good health, Amen.
Fr. Francis Noronha, CSC
St. Thomas the Apostle parish, Waterdown