Dear Passionist Family Groups members and friends,
This short clip below is worthy to not only watch but reflect upon. This week in John’s gospel is the message of how we are to be as followers of Jesus. The call to ‘love one another’. This clip reminds me how our Passionist Family Groups Aims and Goals challenge us to model the life and spirit of the early church. To live and be community or ‘family’.
This requires that we notice one another; that we listen to one another; that we get to know one another; that we look out for others; that in our gatherings we affirm and support one another; that our community is one that seeks to emulate the mind and heart of Jesus; that we actively work together, to encourage and be there for each other. It is an imperative, that we ‘connect’ with each other. Covid has allowed fear to dominate now we must turn back to each other with kindness, tenderness and patience. People need to know that we are there for them. Don’t wait. Living community and being family is a lived reality and requires action. “in so much as you did this one of the least of your brothers and sister you did it to me” (Mt 25). We can do so much more and be so much more when we work together.
Have a good week – God go with you.
Update: This week I am working in Auckland – Monday to Sunday
- Howick celebrating their 30th anniversary of Passionist Family Groups this Sunday
Fifth Sunday of Easter Year C, 15 May 2022.
Jesus’ new commandment is the key to transforming our world.
‘Love one another, just as I have loved you’
First reading: Acts 14:21-27
Responsorial Psalm: Ps 144(145):8-13
Second reading: Apocalypse 21:1-5
Gospel: John 13:31-35
Link to readings – click here
As Eastertide continues, we are invited to live as part of God’s glorious plan to bring about a new creation. Jesus’ new commandment to ‘love one another just as I have loved you’ is the key to transforming our world. (Gospel)
The First Reading continues the story of the mission of Paul and Barnabas. Just as they encouraged the new Christian disciples to persevere in faith, we too can be encouraged to see what can be achieved when we allow God to work within and among us.
The Psalm calls us to sing of God’s goodness with the whole of creation, proclaiming God’s compassion, love and glory to all. The vision of the heavenly Jerusalem in the Second Reading promises a new heaven and a new earth – a new creation where God lives among God’s people, becoming God-with-us.
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