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Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year B

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Lectionary: 56
Read the Gospel: John 15:9-17

Gospel Summary
A complete circle of love is found in this gospel reading. God loved the Son, Jesus. The Son loves his followers, and the followers show their love for God through their love for one another. It is clear in this reading that while we are part of this circle, we are only part of it because God chose us to be. Our response to God's choice for us is simply to show our love for God through the love we show to other human beings.

Reflection for Families
The lives of parents are very full and busy. It's like juggling apples and catching each falling one to prevent it from splatting to the floor while tossing the others high in the air. But sometimes we need to think beyond the immediate demands of jobs, family, and home. When we widen the circle of those we include in our love, our children see first hand how we live this gospel message. When we reach out to others, especially those who are difficult to love, they learn by our example what Jesus asks us to do in showing our love to one another just as he shows his love to us.

Bringing the Gospel Into Your Family
Jesus asks us to love one another as he has loved us. It's easy to love those who love us, but what about the hard part of this command? How do we show love to the person that does not show us love? Think about who those people are in the lives of your family members. Allow each person to offer suggestions about how they will show Jesus' love to the person that is difficult for them to love.

Discussion Starters
1. I recall a time when I was excluded from someone's love. I remember feeling...
2. The one person who always loves me and makes me feel welcome is...
3. I know that God loves me. Without thinking too highly of myself, I also love myself especially for the way...

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