Saint Matthias

’You did not choose me, no I chose you; and I sent you out to bear fruit, fruit that will last.’
Sunday 13 March 2016

Ac.1,15-17.20a-26 Ps.112 Jn.15,9-17

Saint Matthias 14th May

’as the Father has loved me I have loved 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."

When we celebrate the feast of an apostle the community gathers together in joy to celebrate the Eucharist of the Lord.

The Word of God gives meaning to our lives, establishes a new fraternity in Christ. Jesus tells us it is his Love that will make us act, pushing us to work, to tire ourselves for the mission.

It is about love that Jesus spoke to his disciples at great length in his speech of departure :

’Remain in my Love.’

The only thing that can make sense of our lives is for us to remain in Jesus’ friendship, for He alone has words of eternal Life.

It is in this Love of Jesus that Peter, moved by the Holy Spirit, said to the eleven apostles : Judas, the one who left, needs to be replaced. So the election of Matthias took place.

On the Cross Jesus bore all our resistances and refusals to love, He is with us as we act , giving us his Holy Spirit to accomplish God’s work.

God calls the apostles so that they may lead his people, in all there are twelve of them, he chose them so they would join him:

’Go and bear fruit.’

This is how the fecundity of the life of the life in the Church is expressed, of God within us, so that we may bear one another in love.

"If you keep my commandments, you will remain in mu love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his Love. I have told you this,

said Jesus, so that my own joy may be in you and your joy be complete. This is my commandment, love one another as I have loved you."

The Love Jesus has for us is always at his own initiative, he doesn’t wait for us to be perfect so as to love us.

His Love takes us up completely and it is He who is the One who will lead us to perfection.

The friendship between Jesus and ourselves is measured according to our fidelity. The fruit born by being faithful to Jesus is the love with which the apostles surround one another so as to be faithful to him. This Love shines forth in the community, before Christians witnessing God’s marvels come about among God’s People.

Following Jesus, each one gives their lives, thus showing realism of the gift of Jesus’ Life for us.

Jesus’ Church celebrates God’s marvels: ’You shall do this in memory of me!’

Jesus has given his life :’No one takes my life, it is I who give it.’

“I call you friends because I have made known to you everything I have learned from my Father. You did not choose me, no I chose you, and I commissioned you to go out and bear fruit, fruit that will last; so that the Father will give you anything in my name. This is my commandment : love one another.”

In fact, this is everything, for to love means to bring to life. To love means to live so that others live, so that the other can seek himself, find himself, say things. In order to feel the right to exist and the obligation to blossom forth, mankind needs Love.

To love means to make another come into being, as much as they can, despite his limits and is handicaps despite social and cultural frontiers, despite the shadows of selfishness or aggression.

To love means to keep setting off again- two, or ten together in Church, because Jesus’ Love has no time for us to rest.

There is no greater love, no other limit to love than to give one’s life.

The links between us are all the more stronger since they come about in Jesus’ Flesh and Blood, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.

We belong to one another in Christ by giving thanks to God for the fidelity of his Love in our midst.

We ask God for the grace of the Holy Spirit Consoler who gives the Peace of Jesus to us.