Sunday, May 5, 2024, Sixth Sunday of Easter

Episode 28 May 03, 2024 00:06:24
Sunday, May 5, 2024, Sixth Sunday of Easter
Sundays with Bishop Ken
Sunday, May 5, 2024, Sixth Sunday of Easter

May 03 2024 | 00:06:24

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Bishop Ken reflects on the commandment of love from today's Gospel.

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[00:00:04] Welcome to Sundays with Bishop Ken, a weekly podcast brought to you by the publishers of little books of the Diocese of Saginaw. [00:00:22] Each Sunday of ordinary time, the gospel and Bishop Ken's homily are proclaimed by members of our faith community. [00:00:32] During the seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter, our Sunday prayer time will be taken from the little book's reflections for that season. [00:00:43] We are pleased to spend this quiet time with you today. [00:01:02] Hi, thanks for joining us. It's May 5, the 6th Sunday of the Easter season. Today is Orthodox Easter. [00:01:23] In Greece, there is a long tradition of dying eggs red as part of the Easter tradition. The red color is meant to symbolize Christ's blood. [00:01:33] The egg itself is a symbol of the resurrection and new life. [00:01:39] Its shell represents the sealed tomb of Jesus, but the cracking of the egg symbolizes Jesus resurrection and exit from the tomb. [00:01:50] In Greece, the tradition of egg cracking starts on the night of the resurrection and continues the next day. At the greek Easter feast, two people each hold a red painted egg and exchange a traditional Easter greeting. [00:02:06] Christos Anesti, Christ has risen, and alethos Onesti, he truly has risen. [00:02:24] Our Sunday reflection is about the commandment of love. [00:02:29] Let's listen. [00:02:33] Here are two observations about the commandment of love in today's gospel. [00:02:39] First, perhaps we should substitute another word for love, since it has taken on so many meanings. [00:02:47] We think of love as a feeling that we have toward other people, but we cannot always control our feelings. [00:02:55] Sometimes we have a natural dislike toward people and feel unable to keep the commandment of love. [00:03:03] Perhaps we should substitute the word value. [00:03:07] God so loved or valued the world that he gave his only son. [00:03:14] The basic meaning of the word love, as it evolves from the latin word caritas, is to value something. [00:03:23] Now that is something we can control. [00:03:26] We can control the value we place on other people and on other things. [00:03:33] And the commandment of love is precisely that, to value every single person. [00:03:53] It's not easy, but that's what we are called to do. We are called to value each person, just as parents value their child. [00:04:04] It has nothing to do with feelings. [00:04:07] It has everything to do with behavior. [00:04:10] If we truly value someone, we will be honest and try to help. [00:04:17] When we value someone, we make time. [00:04:21] We show patience. [00:04:26] Secondly, this commandment of love is difficult because if we carry it out, it may be a mismatch. [00:04:35] We may love others more than we are loved in return. [00:04:41] Most of the love that is written about or sung about is mutual, reciprocal. But the commandment of love calls us to love, as Jesus did and Jesus love was a mismatch. [00:04:56] Jesus loved the world much more than the world loved him. [00:05:02] Usually in a mismatch, the weaker party suffers. [00:05:07] But when love is a mismatch, it is the other way around. [00:05:12] The person with the greater love suffers most. [00:05:17] All you have to do is look at Jesus. [00:05:21] He loved so much. [00:05:23] It was such a mismatch that it cost him his life. [00:05:44] Thank you for sharing some quiet time with the Lord today. [00:05:52] Please consider supporting this podcast by clicking the donate link. [00:06:01] For more information and other prayer resources, go to littlebooks.org. [00:06:08] May your day be blessed.

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