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For the Sheep in Exile – Bulletin 2016-04-24

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Commentary

1. Communion Services:  Wednesday 27 April and Friday 29 April are scheduled to be Communion Services. There are various reasons why some might want to attend a Communion Service or look for a Mass elsewhere. This notice is just to help you plan your week.

2. A Reflection: This week’s bulletin reflection takes the following verse from this Sunday’s Gospel:

“I give you a new commandment: love one another.
As I have loved you, so you also should love one
another.” (JOHN 13:34)

I find it worthwhile to reflect on the all the verses presented in the Gospel, especially the last:

Gospel Jn 13:31-33a, 34-35

When Judas had left them, Jesus said,
“Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him.
If God is glorified in him,
God will also glorify him in himself,
and God will glorify him at once.
My children, I will be with you only a little while longer.
I give you a new commandment: love one another.
As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.
This is how all will know that you are my disciples,
if you have love for one another.
The final verse brings with it a subtle yet consequential distinction. Initially, Jesus addresses the listeners as “My children”. That implies we should love one another as siblings, as family, sharing God as our Father.
Yet, the final verse requires love of an ever more important type. Unlike siblings in everyday families who often fight among themselves, Jesus asks us to put that aside. The love we must show to each other and the world must, absolutely must show that we share in our understanding and living of the teachings of our Master. It must be clear to all that we truly are the Master’s “disciples”.
If we do not fully accept the teachings of the Master, if we dissent, if we reject His teaching, we cannot be in full union with those who do accept and believe – we cannot love them. In this “new commandment”, Jesus brings love and belief into common accord – they are inseparable.
“When Judas had left them”, he had left his belief in the Master behind. In doing that, he could find no way to love Jesus’ disciples. With the loss of love in his heart, he could not even love himself – he despaired.
This is why the motto of this blog is: “Assent to counter Dissent” It is our earnest desire to bring together the flock of St. Peter’s through assent to the teaching of the Master. In that way the sheep can show that they are Jesus’ disciples because it will show in their “love for one another”.
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