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Pope St. John I

Acts 15:22-31
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).

Reference:  (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