F1. Paul and Barnabas traveled around the country spreading the good news. According to them, who was responsible for letting in the Gentiles? Who is in charge of your ministry? How deep is your belief about that?
F2. Acts refers to its author “undergoing some hardships.” Could these be connected to the “new commandment” about love that Jesus gives in Sunday’s Gospel? And what about you? Have you discovered hardships in your life connected to loving your neighbor? Even though God opened the doors to the Gentiles, what still must take place before faith is received?
S1. What is the connection between the holy city in the reading and God’s dwelling with the human race?
S2. God and human persons dwell together. Where is it visible? Is it in the Lord’s legacy of selfless love? “He will wipe every tear from their eyes..” Can you think of times God has wiped away your tears? How can God use you to wipe others’ tears away?
G1. Did Jesus give us edicts, rubrics or canons? What one rule did he give us over and over? What teaching of the Church do you think will bring all people to Christ? give—or by how much they love others? Or both? Does God love the world through us if we let it happen?
G2. “As I have loved you, so should you love one another.” According to Pope Francis, how do we pass this gift of divine love on to one another?
• God is the first to love:
God is like that: he is always first. He’s the first to wait for us, the first to love us, the first to help us.
• God's love is limitless:
“the inscrutable riches of Christ.” “bottomless sea without shores … ”
• God is a great teacher:
by loving His people, teaching them to walk, taking them in His arms, caring for them.
• Greatness expressed in littleness:
carrying on God’s own work in your own small way: that is feeding the hungry, quenching the thirsty, visiting the sick and the prisoner.
• Not words about love, but concrete gestures:
we do not need great discourse on love, but men and women “who know how to do these little things
for Jesus, for the Father.” Our works of mercy are the continuity of this love.
June 8, 2018, homily at Casa Santa Marta
**From Saint Louis University