IT IS A COMFORTING PROMISE THAT WITH JESUS IN US WE SHARE IN THE LOVE OF THE TRINITY.

“I made known to them your name and I will make it known, that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in them.” (John 17:26)

With today’s Gospel (John 17:20-26) we conclude the prayer of Jesus at the last Supper in which he prayed for his disciples who were present and for all his future disciples – us. It is a comforting promise that with Jesus in us we share in the love of the Trinity.

As we continue to cope with the effects of the pandemic and our steps to re-adjust, we have the assurance that we are never alone.

For the Mazenodian Family, tomorrow is the feast of Blessed Joseph Gerard OMI. In his long and difficult missionary life in Southern Africa he was constantly sustained by God’s enduring love for him. The love with which he was loved is the love with which he loved all those he encountered each day. At the end of his long life he testified:

There is a secret to be loved, it is to love. Also, for the Basotho, the Matebele, even the unbelievers, in seeing them we can ask ourselves what to do to convert them?

The answer is on every page of the Gospel: we must love them, love them in spite of everything, love them always. The good God has wanted that we do good to a person in loving that person. The world belongs to the person who loves it most and proves it.” (Blessed Joseph Gerard)

In the past months we have seen and experienced countless heroic examples of this love being expressed throughout the world.

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One Response to IT IS A COMFORTING PROMISE THAT WITH JESUS IN US WE SHARE IN THE LOVE OF THE TRINITY.

  1. Eleanor Rabnett, Oblate Associate says:

    “I made known to them your name and I will make it known, that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in them.” Looking at that statement at face value it is profound, but to sit in it, to be immersed within the promise is to enter into the greatest seduction of all. It is to step out onto the dance floor where our Beloved awaits us, with a hand held out and into which we place our own hand. The dance begins.

    Jesus who is God – Jesus who is a part of the oneness of the Trinity.-Imagine the love which is! That love that is too great to even reflect on – so great is it that we can only be drawn into it and become a part of it.

    I stop at that – to become a part of it. In becoming a part of it I then step onto the dance floor with my hand held out…

    I am humbled while at the same time I am being empowered. I sit with tears running down my face that come from this experience of joy. Taking the hand of the Beloved and in the dance offering it to another. Communion.

    “There is a secret to be loved, it is to love.” Dear Blessed Joseph – I take the hand that you have opened, your dance being the sharing of the secret to being loved. Always I have admired Eugene’s way of making the Gospels and St. Paul’s letters a vibrant part of himself; then sharing that with all of you and through you with all of us. A living Gospel.

    I look at how we come to this place every morning, and then later how many of us will spend a minute with Sal Gonzalez. Was it St. Augustine who said that we are what we eat?

    Communion. The dance continues…

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