Chinese Mass：Every Sunday 2:15 p.m.
Our Lady of the Assumption RC Church, Assumption Priory, Victoria Park Square, Bethnal Green E2 9PB (map)
After Mass you are welcome to join the community for a tea gathering
Bible study/sharing every Saturday (2:00-4:00 p.m.) at Notre Dame De France Church, 5 Leicester Place WC2H 7BX (near See Woo Chinese Supermarket, Leicester Square tube station)
Talk and discussion meeting First Monday of every month (4:00-6:00 p.m.) at Notre Dame De France Church
[1st Reading – Acts.10:25-26,34-35,44-48; Ps.97; 2nd Reading – 1Jn.4:7-10; Gospel – Jn.15:9-17]
“… I CHOSE YOU …”
Jesus considers us and calls us “friends”. It is not for everyone to be called a “friend” of Jesus. How nice of Him to do so and how nice of Him to want to share with us the knowledge that He has gained from His father. He is truly one who hides no secrets from His friends. We should feel really privileged to be His friends, especially when we know that He is the one who chose us. But why is it that He chose us???
When we think of it… He chose us before we could even give an answer to His call! He chose us before He could even test our readiness to do His will and therefore to bear fruit and fruit that will last! He chose us and prepared for us something to do even before we could think about it… He wanted to share this friendship with us, a friendship that is built on a true relationship. Furthermore, He also promised a reward. If we are ready to do His will, in other words, if we are ready to merit to be considered as His “chosen friends”, the Father will give us anything that we ask in Jesus’ name, because of this friendship. Again, why did He choose us???
It seems that Jesus is doing everything to create a relationship with us. And it also seems that the motivation for this friendship/relationship is “Love”. God, who is Love Himself, (and this is what Jesus learnt from the Father) loves us and wants that we share this same love with one another. Thus, God’s choices, which extend to everyone, and are not motivated by “favouritisms”, are conditioned by those who accept Him and are ready to do what is right and acceptable in His eyes. In other words His friends become those who are ready to enter into this relationship of love and share it with others. It is through this love that one can bear lasting fruit – only through the interaction of a received and donated love of God. Therefore we have this relationship of love with God. At the same time this relationship/union with God will help us to experience the same love/relationship found between Jesus and the Father. In such a way it is much easier for Jesus to share with us the knowledge that He received, because we ourselves would be having the same relationship with the same Father. And therefore the Father would be ready to give to us the same things that He gives to Jesus because we will be sharing the same experience with Him as Jesus.
Are we ready to accept His friendship and therefore build a lasting relationship with God that will help us to understand and live through the Love that He wants to give us?
“Lord, you are great. Even though we are sinners and sometimes try to find our realization somewhere else, you continue to do anything possible to show us your love. You, almighty and omnipotent as you are, try to start a relationship with every miserable one of us. We do not really merit your friendship Lord! But you look at us…, see our fragility… and still choose us to be your “friends”. Lord, we need your love… We need you… We cannot do anything without you! Lord, give us enough wisdom to flavour your love. Thank you Lord!”
Fr. Jesmond Pawley, OFM Conv.
(Permission to reproduce on this site by Fr. Jesmond, St. Patrick’s RC Church, Waterloo http://www.stpatrickwaterloo.org.uk/ )