If you remain in his love

If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love Lots of people would pay a fortune for the secret to the complete joy that Jesus promises in today’s Gospel reading (John 15:10).   Shelves and shelves of self-help books in shops around the world are living proof of that.   So too are the countless lifestyle gurus whose seminars consistently sell out.   It’s a good thing that Jesus gives it away for free! You will have joy that is...

Read More

God wants to dwell in us

I remain in you Throughout the Old Testament, we see times when God revealed himself to his people in a dramatic way.   He dwelled in a tent (Exodus 27), a pillar of fire and a cloud (Exodus 13:21), and the Temple (1 Kings 6).   There was no question that God was close to his people. As wonderful as those manifestations of God were, Jesus reveals in today’s Gospel (John 15:4) that it wasn’t enough for God to simply be near us.   God wants to...

Read More

Undergo many hardships

It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God St. Paul must have made quite an impact when he spoke these words.   He had just returned from traveling to Derbe, Lystra, and Pisidian Antioch, preaching the gospel as he went.   But the Paul who came back to them probably looked noticeably worse than the Paul who had first visited them a few months earlier.   Not only had he been subjected to “violent abuse” by some...

Read More

To remind us

He will . . . remind you of all that I told you Have you ever visited a national monument or museum?   These structures and exhibits are there for a reason:   to remind us.   They might commemorate the work of great inventors or heroic leaders, the service of veterans, or historic movements.   But more than that, they embody a country’s character, dreams, and aspirations. Scripture tells us that Israel built monuments too.   When the people...

Read More

Love one another as he loved them

Love . . . one another That seems pretty easy, doesn’t it?   Be nice, take care of the people you’re close to, maybe give some money to the poor.   But is this all that Jesus means?   Or does he have a different idea?   Let’s look at the context of this command to get some idea. Jesus has just washed his disciples’ feet, and Judas has left on his mission to betray him.   Jesus knows he will not be with his friends much longer as the cross...

Read More

You are a child of God

Whoever has seen me has seen the Father When you were a child, someone may have told you, “You’re the spitting image of your dad.”   Or “Your eyes remind me so much of your mother’s.”   Or maybe you heard “You have your father’s laugh” or “You have your mother’s nose.”   These remarks reflect the truth that we don’t just pop into the world as completely independent beings.   We inherit our physical makeup from our parents.   Even in the case of...

Read More

Subscribe To Father Maurice's Newsletter

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news, inspirational blogs, and updates from Father Maurice

You have Successfully Subscribed!