John 15: 9-11
Jesus said to his disciples: "As the Father
loves me, so I also love 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. I have
told you this so that my joy may be in
you and your joy may be complete."
Prayer: Lord, thank you for granting me
the opportunity to be with you. There are things in
life, Lord, that attract me, but you attract me
more. I hope in you, and I love you.
Maybe I don’t really understand what it means to love,
and maybe I don’t love the way I should,
but I do love you.
increase my love and appreciation for the Church and
1. Christ and
His Church: When Christ says, “Keep my
commandments and remain in my love,” he is talking
not only about the Ten Commandments but also about the
Church. What is the Church? It is Christ’s extension
through time. We cannot say, “Christ, yes; the Church,
no,” because the Church is the mystical body of Christ;
the two are inseparable as head and body. The
Church, through its sacraments and its solid teachings, makes
Christ present for me now, today. It is through this
Church that I received the gift of faith. I
want to remain in Christ. I want to remain
enthusiastically in his Church.
2. God’s Chosen
Ministers: You chose the
Apostles to continue your work of redemption throughout the
ages. Therefore, Lord, I want to love your priests
and your bishops. I know how hard their job is.
I see their perseverance. The Eucharist is available all
over the world because of the fidelity of priests.
Thank you for bishops and priests. Thank you for our
parish. I want to support the parish with joy;
giving of my time and my financial sacrifices.
3. The Pope: Lord, I want to love the Holy Father. He
is the rock on which you chose to build your
Church. Because he has kept the straight path, the
world recognizes his moral authority. Lord, I want to
learn more about what he is saying. Today with the
Internet, it is so easy. It just takes a
little interest and a little time. This is one
way I can remain in your love. Thus, my joy
will be complete.
Christ: When you came, Lord, you wanted
to heal us through the sacraments, and you set up
the Church to administer them. Because you are present
in your Church, it has lasted two thousand years.
Thank you for giving us this instrument of salvation.
will read something Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI or Pope
Francis has written. (Much can be found on the