Friday of the Fifth Week of Easter

Friday of the Fifth Week of Easter
Posted on 05/24/2019
Friday of the Fifth Week of Easter

“You are my friends if you remain in me. I shall no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know what his master is doing. I have called you my friends because I have revealed to you everything that I have heard from my Father. You did not choose me. Rather, I chose you…I appointed you to bear fruit, fruit that will remain, so that the Father may give you whatever you ask him in his name. The command I give you is this: love one another.” (John 15:12-17, from the Gospel at today’s Mass)

A good passage to end this academic year at St. John’s Jesuit. So much here to bring into a heart that is soft and prepared to hear and accept: God chose us; He sees us as friends; we are born to bear particular fruit; He will do whatever we ask of Him. Yet, a soft heart is a heart that is given totally to our Father; totally ready to serve our Creator. Lord, give us a soft heart that we may be open to Your love.
  
Today our students will take the last of their final exams. Pray for their success. Our sophomore Noah Tolson remains in a medically induced coma; he needs our constant prayers. Pray for a safe and blessed summer for all. “I call you my friends, says the Lord, for I have made known to you all that the Father has told me.” (John 15:15, from the Alleluia at today’s Mass) St. John Berchmans, pray for us. St. Ignatius, pray for us.

Summer: the days are long, the nights are short. Time to recharge body and soul! 

“Now learn this lesson from the fig tree. As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near.” (Mark 13:38)

“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” (Audrey Hepburn)

“If it could only be like this always – always summer, always alone, the fruit always ripe.” (Evelyn Waugh,  an English writer of novels and biographies.)

The next Ignatian Thought of the Day will be at the beginning of the next academic year.
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