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Theo Tigno
5/9/2012 1:25 pm

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Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter
John 15: 9-11

Jesus said to his disciples: "As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and remain in his love.

"I have told you this so that my joy might be in you and your joy might be complete."

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Today's prayer intention - for those who have passed away recently and for comfort for their families.

Keep my commandments.

I often wondered about those who may not know God's commandments simply because they did not have the opportunity to hear it. It's easy to think that they get off easy.

Yet, if we were to immerse ourselves with the knowledge of God's commandments, would that give us a fuller sense of how God loves us? Wouldn't that give us a greater capacity to love Our Lord? Wouldn't that help us to follow even more effectively?

When I was thinking about "remaining" in Christ's love, I thought about someone who sat at the edge of the boundary of God's love. I thought about the person who constantly wants to peer outside or who steps over the line and then tries to retract their foot.

I love going to the beach, with the ocean breeze blowing and the sound of the water approaching the shoreline. Going into the water, I think about that moment as my legs are immersed in the water and I think about how cold it is. Normally, my upper body is shivering from the cold. It's easy to want to be complacent and stay near the shore. Then, after the split second is done, I love immersing myself completely in the water and suddenly what felt foreign now brings about a new joy and peace. It doesn't matter if the waters are rough or if calm. All that matters is that I'm in the water and I move with the water.

Jesus invites us to remain in His love by keeping the commands of the Father. May we be fully immersed in His commandments so what may seem foreign can bring us joy. Take care and God Bless.

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