The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Thursday in the Fifth Week of Easter, 11 May 2023 Acts 15:7-21 ><]]]'> + ><]]]'> + ><]]]'> John 15:9-11
Today dear Jesus, thrice you have asked us "remain in my love" in three short verses of the gospel. And I wonder why you used the word to "remain" than "stay" as we would use these days, "staying in love"?
Should I stay, or should I remain? It may sound like more of semantics but to remain sounds strong, evoking firmness and resolve.
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.”John 15:9-10
Remaining in your love, Lord Jesus, is being deeply rooted in you like a big tree; to be rooted in you means being secured about who we are as your beloved and what is our mission in this world which is to love, love, and love; remaining in your love, Lord, is therefore having our hearts connected with your heart, feeling your presence and movements in us and among us, when we do not become anxious when challenged and attacked, when turmoil happen in our relationships because it is you whom we always see and tries to find like Peter and James, Paul and Barnabas during the Council of Jerusalem in the first reading.
Remaining in your love, Jesus, is remaining connected, remaining one in you, with you that results in joy in us because what we see, what we experience, what we believe is you working in us and among us. Amen.