Blessed Sacrament Parish
Amherstview, Ontario

Saint Linus
Bath, Ontario

Saint Bartholomew
Amherst Island, Ontario
Homilies from Fr. Americo Santos

Homily: Sixth Sunday of Easter

May 5, 2024

On this sixth Sunday of Easter, we celebrate our Lord, who shows His love universally. He freely communicates His love and spirit to all who accept Him.

The first reading is about the conversion of Cornelius and his family. Cornelius and everyone in his house received the Holy Spirit through Peter. Peter explains in this reading that God's salvation and love are available to all people without exception. He says, "I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation, anyone who fears Him and does what is right is acceptable to Him." God loves and saves everyone who accepts Him sincerely.

The second reading and today's Gospel from John reminds us that love comes from God because "God is love." Saint John invites us to live and practice this divine love by loving one another as Christ loves us. The best expressions of God's love for us, are that we have been created in the image of God and redeemed by His Son. So, we have already experienced God's love deeply in our lives.

Today's Gospel is summarized in Jesus' command, "Love one another as I have loved you." As a command, it means that we have no other option but to love others in this life. We are products of love, and this divine love flows from God to Jesus and from Jesus to us. It also flows from God to our parents and from our parents to us. That is why Jesus tells us today, "As the father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love." We must always be united to Jesus to continue transmitting this divine love to others as we have received it as a gift from God.

This divine love goes beyond mere words, emotions, or feelings. It can also be called "sacrificial love" because it is not easy to live and practice. Strong emotions and feelings may accompany it, but they are not the main source of this divine love. The main source is God.

It is the commitment of our will and effort that turn this divine love into sacrificial love. It is our will and effort that keep this love steadfast and unchanging. Therefore, this love must be always patient, even under rejection, opposition, and difficulties. This love is not arrogant and selfish, even when we think we are right, and others are wrong. This love is a strong commitment to helping and appreciating others unconditionally. This love is what we need to receive and give to enjoy life more constantly.

May God gives us the courage and strength to always transmit His love to others. As we celebrate and obey this excellent command to love, let us thank our Lord, who "has revealed his victory in the sight of the nations."

Peace be with you.