Fifth Sunday of Easter
May 18/19, 2019
Today’s readings on this Fifth Sunday of Easter contain inspiring but challenging messages for us as Christian stewards.
The Gospel from John includes this well-known verse: “My children… I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.”
What a succinct description of a stewardship way of life! It sounds so simple, however, simple does not necessarily mean easy.
How exactly is Jesus calling us to love? Love as He Himself loved. Jesus loved (and loves) by serving us and by making a sacrifice of His very life for us. That is a tall order.
Living a life of service and self-sacrifice is not easy because it requires us to fight against our selfish inclinations continuously. However, the more we empty ourselves of “self” by serving others, the more room we make in our hearts for God to pour His grace into us.
As we face the hardships that come with living as Christian stewards, we can continue to rejoice in the wonder of the Resurrection this Easter season, finding great joy in following in our Lord’s own footsteps and in loving as He loves.