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Thursday May 2nd: Love as the Father has loved me

“My joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”

John 15:9-11

Love is a word that is well known and used. We also should be aware of the various kinds of love. In today’s gospel passage Christ is challenging us to love as the Father loves.
This is no ordinary love but one that calls for great sacrifice. God so loved us that He was prepared to send His only begotten son to be crucified, in order to redeem mankind.
I am sure we all face situations that require us to make hard decisions for loved ones. In so doing we have to determine what sacrifice will be required, and are we prepared to do so, sometimes at great inconvenience and pain.
Christ goes on to tell us that there is joy in loving. That joy, however, must be related to the love of Jesus. “My joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete”.
As we reflect today, let us pray for the grace to love in such a manner that we can experience such joy that passes understanding.