Thurs. [G]ospel [P]rayer [S]tudy - "you will remain in my love"
GOSPEL - Jn 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 might be in you and your joy might be complete.”
PRAYER - Holy God We Praise Thy Name
Ignaz Franz, 1719-1790
Prayer #17 from the
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Holy God, we praise thy Name;
Lord of all, we bow before thee!
All on earth thy scepter claim,
all in heaven above adore thee;
infinite thy vast domain,
everlasting is thy reign.
Hark! the loud celestial hymn
angel choirs above are raising,
cherubim and seraphim,
in unceasing chorus praising;
fill the heavens with sweet accord:
Holy, holy, holy, Lord.
Thursday is dedicated to the Blessed Sacrament
An excerpt from Link to Liturgy Lesson
Love does such things
Today's Gospel is from John 15 (The Last Supper). It is important to read John 15 along with John 6 (The Bread of Life Discourse).
In John 6 Jesus says, “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.” – The people now know how to remain in Him, but do not yet know how to eat His Flesh or drink His Blood. Jesus will give His flesh and blood at the Last Supper, not just to those present but to all generations by instituting the Mass.
At the Last Supper Jesus also expounds on what it means to "remain in me". He says, “Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remain on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing.”
Jesus continues to say, “If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love…”
One of His commandments is to eat His flesh and drink His blood. Another of His commandments, which He says in John 15, is to “love one another as I have loved you,” this command is shown perfectly in the Sacrifice of the Cross in which there is no greater love than to, “lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” It is this Sacrifice that we are called to unite with and to imitate, even if that means martyrdom.
FAST. FREE. FAITHFUL.
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