Sunday of Easter
Widowed at an early
age and left with a young family, Brigid made a decision. She would
devote her life to her children. To provide for them and to rear them
was a full-time task. Often the going was hard and lonely but she never
regretted the decision she had made. She found a deep personal fulfillment
in giving of herself. Her giving was a giving in love. Such a giving
brings a peace that the self-centered can never know.
To be a loving giver is to be truly human. We are made in the image
of God, the giver of all. His son freely decided to give himself in
life and in death for each of us. He invites us to follow his example.
'Love one another as I have loved you. A man can have no greater love
than to lay down his life for his friends'.
It demands faith and confidence in oneself and in God to accept the
invitation. Today's gospel puts the issue plainly before us.
by Tom Clancy. Taken from "Preaching the Word", Columba)