Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay, WI

Reflection for May 10, 2015

Remembering and imitating God's profound love is our call

by Sister Laura Zelten

On Sunday we will celebrate Mother's Day, so it is very fitting to hear Jesus' commandment to love one another -- a love that is like God's love. "As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love." (John 15:9)

We are called to be like God -- the God who has a passion for love and justice, the God who is concerned for all of creation, the God who has a special concern for the poor.

Throughout chapter 15, John calls our attention to the fundamental theme of all the gospels: Love. Jesus invites us to fall in love, to live in love.  To know, taste and feel the strength of love -- all in the midst of our humanity. Yes, just as we are, Jesus calls us to love one another.


Thanks for the reflections & questions on LOVE.

The day of the shooting on the Bridge in Menasha, I heard of the mother's courageous love. And I thought, 'Yes, a Mother's Love - what a truly beautiful image / reality to contemplate!'

Then I heard a news report say that the last thing her husband said to her was, "Forgive the shooter." And I was so moved once again - and in a most striking way realized that a Father's Forgiving Heart and a Mother's Courageous Love had come together in and through this 'evil,' And I 'saw' and 'understood' the dying and death of JESUS on the cross ... and how and why Resurrection occurred.

It was all in and through and with a Mother's Very Brave and Courageous Holy Love and in and through and with a Father's Holy, Forgiving Heart.

Paschal Mystery.

John is my favorite Gospel writer simply because he does preach of LOVE. I can love all of humanity, even if I do not like a particular person. Believe it or not, my mother figure has been Sister Paulette. I lost my mother way too early and needed someone strong and guiding in my life. She was there!


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