May 14 – Tuesday
Feast of Saint Matthias, Apostle

Gospel Reading: John 15:9-17

How can love lead to immeasurable joy? Jesus tells his disciples that he is united with his Father in heaven in a perfect bond of mutual love, honor, and joy in one another. Their love is inseparable and unbreakable. That is why the Son delights in obeying the eternal Father who loves him with infinite love. The Father and Son invite all to join in their eternal bond of love and friendship. How can we enter into that unbreakable bond of love and friendship? Jesus, the Word of God who became flesh for us, shows us the way – keep my word, keep my commandments. If you abide in my word you will know my love and that love will fill you with immense joy – a joy which is unsurpassing, exalted, and unfading (2 Peter 1:3,8).

Lord Jesus, fill me with your Holy Spirit and make me fruitful in your love, mercy, kindness, and compassion. Amen