Sixth Sunday of Easter


                This Sunday we ponder the second half of Jesus’ parable of the True Vine from John’s Gospel.  Jesus speaks these words during the Last Supper as he prepares his disciples for what is to come – his tragic passion and death, as well as the fabulous event of the Resurrection.  What a heartfelt message from the heart and soul of Jesus!  “As the Father loves me, so I also love you.  Remain in my love.”  That’s the uplifting news!  The more difficult message is next.  “If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love.”  That is a big “if”, isn’t it!  But wait; Jesus challenges us even more:  “This is my commandment:  love one another as I love you.”  What did the Apostles make of this offer of an emotionally intimate relationship?  How did they react to this huge challenge to love others (everyone!) as much as the Son of God loves them? 

                How about you and I?  How are we going to “love one another” like Jesus does?  Let’s try!



                Today’s Gospel is indeed serendipitous – Jesus talking about love on Mother’s Day.  Who has loved us more than our mother?  Well it is probably a fairly close race – between Jesus and our own mother.  Most people have been blessed with life-giving and heart-warming mothers.  Many of you are super-loving mothers yourselves.  Reflect on this maternal relationship in your life and you begin to get an idea of how much Jesus loves you.

                This special day we are at church to give thanks for our own mother’s love for us.  We have indeed been blessed.  We also can be grateful for our Blessed Mother Mary’s love for us, too!



                If not, it is still not too late.  We have your unused personal pledge card in the Parish Office.  You can call or mail in the card that came in the mail or just come by to make your annual pledge to be a contributing member of the Archdiocese of St. Louis and a supporter the dozens of pastoral activities and ministries that the ACA helps fund. 



                This Tuesday my bad knee will undergo surgery again to try to get rid of the persistent infection and for third time try to put in an artificial knee replacement without any bacteria getting into to act.

So pray for me during long ordeal like I had two years ago.  After surgery, I will return to the rectory but will be unable to do anything much for the next three months.  (Hard way to get some summer vacation!) 

                In the interim, St. Bernadette will have three different priests coming in for weekend Masses and Wednesday morning Masses:  two Redemptorists from their retirement center down in Liguori in Jefferson County – Father Gan Nguyen, C.S.s.R. and Father Victor Karls, C.S.s.R., and Father Rich Heman, a retired St. Louis priest who has been here frequently in the past to help Father Gary when he was so sick.



May God, the source of all life, give joy to all mothers in the love, growth, and holiness of their children!

Loving God, as a mother gives life and nourishment to her children, so you watch over your Church.  Bless our mother, whether living here or in eternal life.  Let the example of her faith and love shine forth.  Grant that we, her family, always honor her with a spirit of profound gratitude and respect.  We love you, Mother!