Mary Magdalene de' Pazzi, v, r
Acts 22: 30; 23: 6-11/ Ps 16: 1-2a and 5. 7-8. 9-10. 11/ Jn 17: 20-26
One of the traumas of life is being left by others. Being alone is the loneliest existence in this world.
We are a people with a great need to belong with others. That’s why the family is the most potent means of belongingness. We also need friends to stand by us in joy and sorrow. As the Scripture says, He who finds a friend finds a treasure.
Let us be consoled that from the beginning of time, this God wishes to be friends with his creation, man and woman, and that they share in his kingdom. Though sin separated us from God, Jesus linked it back again by becoming the perfect sacrifice of man to God. We are united with God once more in the bond of love. How do we maintain this unity with God?
First, believe that God wishes us to be united with him. Be free from every stain of evil and sin and be consoled with the thought that not even once would God think of separating us from him.
Second, try hard to remain united to God. The sacrament of reconciliation is the best medicine for linking us back to the Father through the forgiveness of Jesus.
Third, always glorify the Lord. If our thought, word, and deed reflect the glory of God, that is heaven in our midst.
These three are the fruits of real love. As God loves us with an unbreakable bond of love, let us love the Lord with the same love he has for us.