The Second reading at Mass on Sunday, the second Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday, came from the first letter of John.
It speaks of the love that sets us free from all that is not love.
It speaks of the love that we are able to live and share with others.
Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ
has been begotten by God;
and whoever loves the Father that begot him
loves the child whom he begets.
We can be sure that we love God’s children
if we love God himself and do what he has commanded us;
this is what loving God is –
keeping his commandments;
and his commandments are not difficult,
because anyone who has been begotten by God
has already overcome the world;
this is the victory over the world –
Who can overcome the world?
Only the man who believes that Jesus is the Son of God:
Jesus Christ who came by water and blood,
not with water only,
but with water and blood;
with the Spirit as another witness –
since the Spirit is the truth.
One of the ways in which we can show love is using the wealth, the property we own – if we are so lucky! – for the good of others.
If it is ours we have a right to it, but as the Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us ‘the ownership of any property makes its holder a steward of Providence with the task of making it fruitful and communicating its benefits to others, first of all his family.’ (CCC 2404) First of all the family, but also to our neighbour…
There is something to ponder on as we Brits consider how best to vote on May 7th. How can we vote in a Government that will allow the goods of our society to be most fruitfully used for the common good.
Photograph is of a detail of model for Gehry’s proposed Parc des Ateliers, Arles. (c) 2014, Allen Morris.