Today is the Sixth Sunday of Easter. The Gospel at Mass today contains phrases that will ring familiar in the ears of many.
From John Chapter 15:
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 may be in you and your joy might be complete. This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father.
"It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. This I command you: love one another."
I pray that this passage is in the hearts of everyone today at the University of Notre Dame where President Obama is to be awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree and speak at the university's commencement.
Prayers for peace and understanding among all those today in South Bend, especially those who are protesting.
Prayers for the conversion of hearts, especially that of President Obama on abortion.
From A Concord Pastor, the Notre Dame alma mater: