Today is a celebration of both the sixth Sunday of Easter and Mother’s Day. Today’s Gospel includes the second half of the account of the true vine. Jesus invites us to “love one another, as I have loved you.” He goes on to say that no can have greater love than to lay down one’s life for friends.
The Gospel ends with a reiteration from Jesus about loving one another. And, in case we don’t get the point, the second reading from the First Letter of John says pretty well the same thing. Jesus is the ultimate in laying down his life.
This is my first Mother’s Day being unable to speak to my mother and to express my love and gratitude. She died about a year ago, just weeks from her 90th birthday. She actually had a serious stroke last Mother’s Day and died a week later.