“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:
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.