Feast Day of Pope Saint John I (c. 470–526)
Gospel of the Day: John 15:9–11
Jesus said to his disciples:
“As the Father loves me, so I also love you.
Remain in my love.
If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love,
just as I have kept my Father’s commandments
and remain in his love.
“I have told you this so that
my joy might be in you and
your joy might be complete.”
Quotes of the Day
from Pope Francis’ homily at daily morning Mass, Casa Santa Marta
Jesus teaches us the way of love, of having an open heart, of loving without measure, putting other kinds of love aside.
There are other loves. The world itself offers many other loves: love of money for example, vanity, boastfulness, pride, love of power which can even lead to unjust actions to achieve more power… these loves have nothing to do with the love of Jesus or of the Father. In fact these loves distance us from Jesus’ love.
Love and joy are gifts we must ask the Lord for.
- Read Pope: ‘we must ask the Lord for the gifts of love and joy’ (Vatican Radio)
- Read Pope’s Morning Homily: ‘Ask the Lord for Love and Joy’ (Zenit)