Father Rick’s Two Minute Homily for Thursday, 5th Week in Easter
May 11, 2023, John 15:9-11
An Incredible Love
There is no moment in our life when God isn’t with us. It doesn’t matter how tragic an experience may be; He is always there. The first thing that came to mind when I read, “As the father loves me, so I have loved you,” was the sorrow a parent feels when they lose a child in death.
Jesus knew the agony He would suffer and the painful death He would endure to love us past our sins. How much more God the Father grieved over His Beloved Son’s suffering and death than all human parents suffer when they lose a child.
Our Heavenly Father’s love for us is so incredible that He allowed Jesus to suffer and die a horrible death to save us. We see how much the Father loves us when Jesus prayed from His Cross, “Father, forgive them; they don’t know what they are doing.”
Our human love has limits. We can love so far until it costs us too much. We take people to court; we cut people out of our hearts when an offense or injustice is too much to bear. A divine love keeps making excuses when someone steps on our toes too hard.
This is a hard commandment to keep, to love others past their sins against us. But Jesus invites and graces us to remain in His love, whatever happens.
Fr. Rick Pilger, IC