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What Quality Defines Your Family?

posted May 8, 2015, 9:00 PM by Risen Christ   [ updated May 8, 2015, 9:01 PM ]
10 May 2015 ( Sixth Sunday of Easter )
What Quality Defines Your Family?
Some families stand out in a particular way. Here's a family of teachers. There's a family of soccer players ... or opera singers. This person is a fifth generation doctor. Or, as the case may be, many members of that family are gamblers, or convicted criminals. What is it that brings about this family trait? It could be in the genes. Or perhaps the family environment nurtures such talents or attitudes, good or bad. What about the Christian family? If there is one defining quality of the family of Christ, it must be Love! Indeed, the word "love" appears 18 times in this Sunday's readings. Jesus said, "I have loved you just as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love ... This is my commandment: love one another, as I have loved you." Love covers a multitude of sins. The opposite of jealousy, selfishness and greed is love. Love is "others" centric. When we are generous, considerate and put others before our self, that is love manifesting itself in action. But the ultimate sign of God's love for us is Christ's death on the cross.