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<< Friday, May 18, 2001 >> Pope St. John I
 
Acts 15:22-31
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Psalm 57 John 15:12-17
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LASTING LOVE

 
"Your fruit must endure." —John 15:16
 

Jesus, the Vine, commands us, the branches, to bear fruit that is not only abundant but also lasting (Jn 15:16). Our commitment to the Lord and the commitments of those whom we have led to the Lord will last, if these commitments are:

  • "rooted in Him (Jesus) and built up in Him" (Col 2:7),
  • confirmed by the Holy Spirit,
  • founded on the rock of hearing and obeying God's word (Mt 7:24ff),
  • in submission to the authority of the Church, "the pillar and bulwark of truth" (1 Tm 3:15),
  • fire-tried by "the distress of many trials" (1 Pt 1:6-7), and
  • surrounded by a cloud of witnesses (Heb 12:1).

Jesus is the First and the Last (Rv 22:13). His love for us endures forever. May our love for Him last forever.

 
Prayer: Father, You are my first and last Love (see Rv 2:4).
Promise: "When it was read there was great delight at the encouragement it gave." —Acts 15:31
Praise: Pope St. John I was imprisoned and died in jail as a martyr. He was "delivered to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus may be revealed" (2 Cor 4:11).
 
(For a related teaching, order Fr. Lauer's tape on Love on audio  AV 58-1 or video V-58.) (The retreat Loving the Most Important People in Your Life, June 30-July 1, opens the Summer Discipleship Retreat series. Call 937-587-5464 or 513-471-4622 or e-mail retreats@presentationministries.com to register or to obtain more information.)  
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Ralph J. Lawrence, December 9, 2000
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, December 12, 2000
 
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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