SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
Am I willing to love God?
W e all knew that St. Francis of Assisi had a deep love for God and man. One day he met a fellow who admitted he had no love for God. As they walked along they met a man who was blind and paralyzed. St. Francis asked the sightless cripple: “Tell me, if I were to restore your eyesight and the use of your limbs, would you love me?” The cripple replied: “I would not only love you but I would be your slave for the rest of my life.”
“See” said St. Francis to the man who maintained he could not love God, “this man would love me if I gave his sight and his health. Why don’t you love God who created you with eyes and strong limbs?” God asks each one of us the same question every day: Why don’t you love me who gave you health and countless other blessings? We must say to God what the beggar said to St. Francis: “I will not only love you, but I will be your slave for the rest of my life.”
That is what Jesus tells us in today’s Gospel reading: “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.” Love of Christ means the desire to do what Christ wants. What Christ and His Heavenly Father want is made clear in the Ten Commandments. We can ask ourselves, am I trying to do what God wants or am I trying to do what I want? In our society today, some people falsely maintain: all we have to do is love God. Don’t bother about the commandments. Suppose a man said to his wife often, “I love you,” but then did what his wife did not want or like. Actually he does not love her.
That is what Christ is talking about today. It is not a question of one or the other love or the commandments. It is love and the commandments. We will prove our love for God by doing what He wants and avoiding what He doesn’t want because He has been all-good to us. Like the beggar in our story we will not only say we love God, but also we will be His loving servants.
Rev. Dominic Toan Tran
"Jesus, I Trust in You"