Saint Matthias, Apostle : Thursday 14th May 2020

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St Matthias, Apostle

Saint Matthias, Apostle : Thursday 14th May 2020

Acts 1:15-17,20-26; Ps. 113(112):1-2,3-4,
5-6,7-8; Jn. 15:9-17 (Ps Wk I)

Much as God reverences our freedom in decision making, it is the Lord who chooses us when it comes to discipleship. In today’s gospel, we hear Jesus say: “You did not choose me, but I chose you, and I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last.”

As we freely choose those whom we want to be friends with, Jesus chooses those whom he loves to be his friends, to share the abiding love and joy that comes to him from the Father. Jesus commands us to love one another as he has loved us.

Jesus’ choosing of us gives us a place in the world and a sense of purpose in life; and in return, we feel a sense of commitment to this partnership.

Those who abide in Christ’s friendship will be productive – to bear fruit that will last. Productivity does not mean management or achievement. Nor abiding in Christ’s friendship entails stagnation. God is the author of life, so a relationship with the living God must be lively.

Fruit that lasts grows out of the brotherly love that comes from the heart, and from the good works that come from professing Christ to the world — “so that the world may believe it was you who sent me” (Jn. 17:21).

Lord, help us to bear fruits that will last and abide in Your love.

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