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John 15:9-17

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Jesus said to his disciples, "As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete. "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.

John 15:9-17
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    • ‘You did not choose me - I chose you.’ Jesus’ choosing of me gives me a sense of my place in the world, a sense of purpose. What fruit am I called on to bear?
    • To love one another as Jesus has loved us, we need to first allow ourselves to experience Jesus’ love. I can love myself because I am the beloved of God (Romans 1:7)!
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    • ‘Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the mornings, what you will do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything’ (Pedro Arrupe SJ (1907-1991) Allow yourself to fall in love with God today!
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    • Listen to Jesus saying to you, "I call you my friend..." He has chosen me. But it's not like a job interview, where I'm hoping they'll think I'm better than I really am. He knows my strengths -- and weaknesses -- and still chooses me. He has chosen me to be part of his mission. Can I talk to him about what it is he wants me to do?
    • I pray that I may accept the closeness of relationship to which Jesus invites me. I know myself unworthy to be a servant yet he calls me 'friend.'
    • It is easy to come to think of religion and faith as being matters of accident, choice and lifestyle. I am reminded today that it is God who has chosen me. I humbly accept that I have been chosen and appointed by one who loves me.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • Listen to Jesus saying to you, "I call you my friend..." He has chosen me. But it's not like a job interview, where I'm hoping they'll think I'm better than I really am. He knows my strengths -- and weaknesses -- and still chooses me. He has chosen me to be part of his mission. Can I talk to him about what it is he wants me to do?
    • I pray that I may accept the closeness of relationship to which Jesus invites me. I know myself unworthy to be a servant yet he calls me 'friend.'
    • It is easy to come to think of religion and faith as being matters of accident, choice and lifestyle. I am reminded today that it is God who has chosen me. I humbly accept that I have been chosen and appointed by one who loves me.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • Listen to Jesus saying to you, "I call you my friend..." He has chosen me. But it's not like a job interview, where I'm hoping they'll think I'm better than I really am. He knows my strengths -- and weaknesses -- and still chooses me. He has chosen me to be part of his mission. Can I talk to him about what it is he wants me to do?
    • I pray that I may accept the closeness of relationship to which Jesus invites me. I know myself unworthy to be a servant yet he calls me 'friend.'
    • It is easy to come to think of religion and faith as being matters of accident, choice and lifestyle. I am reminded today that it is God who has chosen me. I humbly accept that I have been chosen and appointed by one who loves me.