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Fifth Sunday of Easter
Love One Another
In the gospel of John, Jesus tells his disciples to keep the
greatest of the commandments, to love one another as
he loves us. This commandment does not abolish the Old
Testament laws but rather fulfills it. The commandments
given to Moses by God are based on love of God and
neighbor. We must follow the commandments because
by doing that, we demonstrate our desire to wish one
another good. Love is not a feeling but an act of the
will. Love is to will the good of the other. It is a
covenant of giving ourselves to others without expecting
anything in return.
We need to recognize how much God loves us: He sent
his only Son to the world to take away our sins, to
rescue us from death, and to give us eternal life. That is
the greatest act of love, giving up himself for our sake.
His love is unconditional, without expectation of anything
in return. God loves us perfectly and unconditionally.
This is a great challenge for us. We are instructed to
love God in the same perfect and unconditional way.
Are you following Jesus’ command to love one another
as he has loved us? It is a work in progress but, with the
help of God, everything is possible. I suggest that we
start by helping others who might be in need; continue
by desiring for others what we desire for ourselves,
such as good health, happiness, good relationships,
peace of heart, success, etc. Also, let’s admire and
acknowledge the good things others have done.
Finally, let’s pray for others and resolve to love them
as God loves us.
In the month of May we venerate Mary, the mother
of Jesus and our Mother. Thus, it is fitting for us to
celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May.
On this very special day we honor all mothers,
grandmothers, great-grandmothers, stepmothers, and
mother figures in our lives. These special women have
brought us to life and given us their encouragement,
care, support, inspiration, and love. Life is beautiful
with our mothers and mother figures in our lives.
We also pray for all mothers who have passed away.
Their presence in our hearts and minds gives us the
hope of seeing them once we’re reunited in heaven.
We celebrate all mothers and mother figures in a
special way this Sunday and we pray for them:
Loving Father, on this Mother’s Day,
We give you thanks for all mothers and mother figures.
They have loved and nourished our bodies and souls.
May you give them the graces they most need.
Let the gift of motherhood be gift to all.
Keep them and all people in your peace and love. Amen
Renew My Church
By now you probably have heard about “Renew my
Church” (RMC), an initiative of the Archdiocese of
Chicago led by Cardinal Cupich. RMC is a vision and
strategic plan for the entire archdiocese in which faith
communities have the opportunity to renew and
revitalize the local mission of the Church. The RMC
process aims to provide communities built on the love of
God and neighbor, being open to more effective ways
to do ministry so we can reach those who need to hear
the Word of God.
The archdiocese asked each parish to belong to a
“grouping,” a cluster of neighboring parishes.
Our grouping contains three parishes, Saint Norbert
and Our Lady of the Brook Parish in Northbrook;
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Glenview; and
Saint Catherine Labouré in Glenview. This grouping
will work together in the following months to find ways
to best minister to the needs of the Northbrook and
Glenview Catholic communities.
There will be more information about the RMC process
in the weeks and months to come. We will start by
having a “Renew my Church 101” session this coming
Tuesday May 11 at 7:00pm in Church. This session will
be live-streamed as well for those who cannot make it
to Church. Sara Pekar, from the archdiocesan RMC
team, will do a presentation on the RMC process and
she will be able to answer some of the questions you
might have about the program. Later on, at the
beginning of the summer, we will start having meetings
with all the parishes in our grouping.
Live the Liturgy
God is love. These three simple words
deserve a great deal of attention.
They have the power to transform our relationship
with God from something that is static and distant
to one that is personal and real. We all know
the power of love and how important it is to
completing all of the human and divine circuits
of our lives. But we do not often consider the
awesome fact that it is given to us as a gift and
is not simply part and parcel of the human
package. God is the author of love and love
itself. When we truly love another human being,
it is really God being God in and through us.
The love to which we are called and the love of
which the Gospel speaks is a selfless love that
seeks the wellbeing of not only our significant
others but of all of our brothers and sisters.
This love, which is of God, is a love that will
endure all things and bring infinite joy when
experienced. It is the most sincere form of
Mother's Day and the Bible
Mother's Day is a celebration honoring
the mother of the family, as well as
motherhood, maternal bonds, and
the influence of mothers in society.
While Mother’s Day is a relative new holiday in modern
history, versions of similar holidays have existed through
the centuries. While the Bible does not directly address the
holiday, it often addresses the celebration of motherhood
and mothers, such as in the following passages:
“Let your father and mother be glad; let her who bore you
rejoice.” (Proverbs 23:22-25)
“Honor your father and your mother...” (Exodus 20:12)
“Her children rise up and call her blessed” (Proverbs 31:28)
“Every one of you shall revere his mother and his father.”
“The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the
mother of all living.” (Genesis 3:20)
“Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at
the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and
the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to
the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of
idleness.” (Proverbs 31:25-28)
“Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your
mother’s teaching…” (Proverbs 1:8)
“As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you; you
shall be comforted in Jerusalem.” (Isaiah 66:13)
~ Excerpted from Wikipedia & Shutterfly Community