May 31, 2024     5:43 am
95. Week of First Sunday in Lent - Wednesday
These things I command you, that you love one another
          These things I command you, that you love one another   John 15:17
          The first fruit of a godly life which Christians, as branches ingrafted in Christ, must bring forth is mutual love. In that hour of parting Jesus said to His disciples: "This is my commandment that you love one another, as I have loved you." The love of Christ toward His own must move us to love one another. Ought we not to love those whom Jesus loves? And how has He loved His own! He says: "Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." He loved them to death. He calls His own His friends. "And He says to His disciples, and He says to us: "You are my friends if you do whatever I command you," if you love one another. Shouldn't this compel us to do so? And to us, His disciples, He says: "From now on I no longer call you servants; for a servant does not know what his lord does." A servant must obey implicitly, without knowing his master's motives, without being taken into his confidence. "But I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard fom my Father I have made known to you." Through His Word He has made known to us the whole counsel of God for our salvation. Indeed, we, His own, are His friends. And He has made us His own, not we ourselves. He says: "You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you, and commanded you that you should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you shall ask of the Father in My name, He may give it to you." It is nothing but His grace. Even as He laid down His life for us for our salvation, so also, without our seeking, He has chosen and made us His own, His branches, and has given us power to bring forth fruit, abundant fruit. And for such grace we may ask the Father in His name at all times, and He will give it. Thus we must and can bring forth the fruit of loving one another. "These things I command you, that you love one another," says our dear Lord. (John 15:12-17.)
          PRAYER: - Lord God, dear Heavenly Father, bestow upon me, a poor sinner, I beseech You, the power to love my brethren. Consider, I pray You, that Your dear Son has chosen me by grace and has made me His own, and has given me, the power of His life, so that I can begin to do what pleases Him; and He calls me His friend. And it is His will that I should love my brethren, whom He loves even as He loves me. O Heavenly Father, I pray You, in the name of Jesus and at His command, that You would give me the power of Your Spirit to do my Saviour's will. I long for such grace, and You will not deny it to me. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
May 31, 2024     5:43 am