Sixth Sunday of Easter

Acts 10:25-26, 34-35 & 44-48; 1 John 4:7-10; John 15:9-17 (Year B)

“We are frequently tempted to think that holiness is only for those who can withdraw from ordinary affairs to spend much time in prayer. That is not the case. We are all called to be holy by living our lives with love and bearing witness in everything we do, wherever we find ourselves.”

The response to this invitation, taken from the Holy Father’s recent call to holiness in today’s world, Gaudete et Exultate, does not lie beyond us. The spirit of our living Lord, dwelling within us, makes holiness the birthright of every person. Pope Francis describes such everyday holiness as the most attractive face of the Church.

St John anchored such holiness in love. We are born with an instinct for love, and its fulfilment is the ground of our flourishing. Love alone is the touchstone of a life lived with the risen Lord: “My dear people, let us love one another, since love comes from God and everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God.”

If holiness is the most attractive face of the Church, love must become its beating heart. “Anyone who fails to love can never have known God, because God is love.”

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