Cycle C

Good News C24

Fifth Sunday of Easter

 

 John 13:31-35 New American Bible

http://www.usccb.org/nab/bible/john/john13.htm#v31

 

John 13:31-35 New International Version Bible Gateway.

http://www.biblegateway.com/cgi-bin/bible?language=english&passage=John+13%3A31-35&version=NIV

 

As I have loved you, love one another.  Pretty awesome words!  Sometimes it’s easy. Sometimes it’s not. Think about the times in your life when it’s easy to love others.  The easiest time is when others love you.  When everything is going smoothly and everything is going your way it’s simple.  But, watch out when others don’t do things your way. You might find it difficult to understand why other people don’t want to do your way.  When you work for someone, even when you think your way is better, you have to do it their way or you might be finding yourself a new job.  Above all else, it is necessary to do things God’s way.  If you don’t do it God’s way, then you are in big trouble.  Can your way and God’s way be the same way?  Yes! Yes! Yes!  Your conscience will let you know when you are off the trail a little.  Is there more than one way to do something?  Yes, usually there is.  Wisdom comes from realizing that everyone doesn’t have to do things the same way.  As long as the goal is accomplished, then it’s okay.  

The hardest times in your life is when you are scared.  This is when you need the love of everyone around you to help calm you down. I had one of these scary moments with my Mother.  She fell and broke her hip four summers ago when we were visiting in Wilmington, Delaware.  She hit her head on the sidewalk pavement, too.  Blood was everywhere.  I didn’t know what to do.  I was afraid. God is a good God.  He had everyone and everything I needed really close at hand. 

A man with a cell phone was within arm’s reach.  He said, “Do you want me to call 911?”

I said, “Yes, please.” 

He called 911 and then he said, “Would you like for me to hold this umbrella over your Mother?”

I said, “Yes. Please.”

Then I decided I needed something to stop Mother’s head from bleeding.  I went to my car and got a roll of paper towels.  I went and pressed them to stop the bleeding.  Then someone said, “Here is a bath towel.  You can use it.  I don’t need it back.”

The ambulance arrived within 5 minutes.  The hospital was only 5 blocks away.  While the doctors were checking Mother over and giving her x-rays, I found out that Mother’s doctor was the best orthopedic surgeon in the northeast. There was a church that had a house nearby where I could stay free of charge while Mother was in the hospital. 

I said a host of prayers, “Our Father, Hail Mary.” I said them over and over again. Then I sang every song I could think of.  Michael, row your boat ashore, alleluia,” “My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean,” and “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.”  I sang every verse I knew and made up a few others. The prayers and the songs calmed me down. 

Mother had a pin put in her left hip, and after 5 days she was able to travel back to Charlotte.  She uses a walker to go from place to place in our house now.  Sometimes I use a wheelchair for her when we are away from home.  All of these people helped my Mother and me without expecting anything in return.  That was love.  That was a gift from God.  God surrounded us with love so that we would not be afraid.  Love is when you do something for someone, just because you love them or because you love God.

I pray that God be with you and that you call on him when you need him.  Call on him when you are afraid.  Call on him when you are not afraid.  Tell God how much you love him.  Because people have shown you love, show others love and care in return.

Pray the “Our Father.”  Ask God to send you everything and everyone you need to help calm you down when you are afraid. If you believe that God will help you, he will be there for you.  If you ask, he will grant it to you because he loves you very much. 

 

 

“Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  Amen.”

              

 

 

Copyright © 2004 Joan Y. Edwards