5th Sun Easter B
Reflection is an essential element of our growth in Christ. As we reflect over what we have learnt and ponder it in our hearts, we come to recognise the presence of God in our lives.
This Sunday's Reflection
A good marriage is a grand thing. In spite of living in two bodies, in spite of differences of opinion, in spite of clashes of personality, there seems to be a single spirit flowing between two people. Even if separated by the world, they remain with, they abide in each other.
I can think of no better sign of our relationship with Jesus. We know that whatever we do, or where we are, his desire is to remain in us. We know the depths to which he desired to remain with us: he embraced our human condition in its sinfulness, suffered the consequences and continues to love us in his risen life. We have only to accept his love. But by accepting his love, our lives will be transformed. Two people in love inevitably transform each other. Respect and affection make them attentive to each other’s needs and desires. Love prunes them to accommodate each other and foster growth in the other. As we respond to Jesus’ love, we listen to his words and, simply by being attentive, our pruning begins: we become shaped to the person of Jesus. This pruning does not diminish us, rather our truest nature is revealed and we become a living expression of the love of God in our world.