Wednesday - Ordinary Time
1) Opening prayer
your apostle Matthias was a witness
to the life and death of Jesus Christ
and to his glorious resurrection.
May also today your people bear witness
to the life of your Son
by living his life as best as they can,
and radiating the joy
of people who are rising with him
to a new and deeper life.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
2) Gospel Reading - John 15,9-17
Jesus said to his disciples. I have loved you just
as the Father has loved me. 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 own joy may be in you and your joy
This is my
commandment: love one another, as I have loved you. No one can have greater
love than to lay down his life for his friends.
You are my
friends, if you do what I command you. I shall no longer call you servants,
because a servant does not know the master's business; I call you friends,
because I have made known to you everything I have learnt from my Father.
You did not
choose me, no, I chose you; and I commissioned you to go out and to bear fruit,
fruit that will last; so that the Father will give you anything you ask him in
my name. My command to you is to love one another.
• Today is the
Feast of the Apostle Mathias. The Gospel of John 15, 9-17 has already been meditated
in April. Let us take some of the points which were considered that day.
• John 15, 9-11: Remain in my love, the source of perfect joy. Jesus remains in the love
of the Father observing the commandments that he received from him. We remain
in the love of Jesus observing the commandments that he has left for us. And we
should observe them in the same measure in which he observed the commandments
of the Father: “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. And in this
union of love of the Father and of Jesus is found the source of true joy: “I
have told you this so that my own joy may be in you and your joy be complete”.
• John 15,
12-13: To love one another as he has loved us. The commandment of Jesus
is only one: “to love one another as he has loved us!” (Jn 15, 12) Jesus
exceeds the Old Testament. The ancient criterion was the following: “You shall
love your neighbour as yourself” (Lv 18, 19). The new criterion is: “Love
one another as I have loved you”. It is the phrase that we sing even
today and which says: “There is no greater love than to give one’s life for
• John 15,
14-15: Friends and not servants. You are my friends if you do what I command
you”, that is, the practise of love up to the point of the total gift of
oneself! Immediately Jesus presents a very high ideal for the life of his
disciples. He says: “I shall no longer call you servants, because a servant
does not know his master’s business. I call you friends because I have made
known to you everything I have learnt from my Father!” Jesus no longer had
any secrets for his disciples. He tells us everything that he has heard from
the Father! Behold the wonderful ideal of life in community: to reach a total
transparency, to the point of not having any secrets among us and to have full
trust with one another, to be able to speak about the experience of God that we
have and of life, and thus, be able to mutually enrich one another. The first
Christians succeeded to reach this ideal after many years: “they had one
only heart and one only soul” (Ac 4, 32; 1, 14; 2, 42-46).
• John 15,
16-17: Jesus has chosen us. We have not chosen Jesus. He met us, called
us and entrusted a mission to us to go and bear fruit, and a fruit which lasts.
We need him, but he also wants to need us and our work in order to be able to
continue to do today, for the people what he did for the people of Galilee. The
last recommendation: This is my commandment: to love one another!”
• To love our
neighbour as Jesus has loved us. This is the ideal of every Christian. How do I
• All that I
have heard from the Father I make it known to you. This is the ideal of the
community: to attain total transparency. How do I live this in my community?
5) Concluding Prayer
servants of Yahweh,
praise the name
Blessed be the
name of Yahweh,
for ever. (Ps 113,1-2)