God is Love
Readings: Acts: 1:15-17, 20-26; John 4:11-16; John 17:11019
Originally delivered on May 12, 1991
We must be ever ready to discover beauty, truth, and goodness in new ways because God is forever revealing and proclaiming the wonder of God in the universe. We must be open to learning about God’s creation. We are called today to let go of our ways of thinking so that we might be open to seeing and understanding God’s revelations to us. John tells us in the Gospel that God is Love and that if we are loving, then we are of God, despite our sinfulness. Indeed, God is in us and we should exalt, rejoice, and celebrate because we ourselves are a reflection of God.
Readings: Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48, John 4:7-10, John 15:9-17
Originally delivered on May 5, 1991
In the first reading, we hear of Peter’s struggles to understand God’s vision for inclusiveness and welcomes non-Jews into the new Church. Then, in the second reading, we are reminded that we don’t need to earn God’s love. God is love and god already loves us as we are. We are asked to try to love one another as God loves us. In the Gospel, Jesus says, “there is no greater love than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” and “The command I give you is this: that you love one another.” What might we need to give up in order to more fully embrace God’s calling to love one another as He loves us?