5th Sunday of Easter – reflection
Acts 14:21-27; Psalm 145; Apoc 21:1-5; John 13:31-33,34-35
The road of life is not only an easy and pleasant walk in the rays of a Spring sun but often the grey and overcast moments of everydayness and the darkness of evil in the world. It can be so very menacing, and at the same time practically resounds with the words “many oppressions”. Are we alone in all this? Well, no, God does not leave us to “the fate of blind destiny”. He constantly watches over us, He stills sends angels of goodness who encourage us to persevere in faith.
Jesus speaks to me today as He did to the apostles in the Upper Room: “I give you a new commandment: love one another; just as I have loved you”. On the Lord’s Day, I have the opportunity to deepen my own awareness that mutual love assures the community of disciples the continual presence of Jesus and is the hallmark of the authentic Christian. An appearance of piety, well-rounded words and gestures for show are not enough. Mutual love is the sign of the community in which I live every day.