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Sunday 10 May 2015 – Sixth Sunday of Easter

No one can have greater love than to lay down his life for his friends

Jesus did not mean these passages for his follower's comfort. Jesus used the passages to challenge his disciples. In the culture of Jesus' time, status and reputation stood above accomplishment. It did not matter what someone did. What others said about him did matter. If someone did engage in activity, his efforts were only meant for selfglorification. Through the eyes of many Jews, God blessed his faithful with economic abundance, natural ability, and impeccable reputation. The poor, the lame, and the sinner were to be shamed and avoided.

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This description might be over-simplified and almost a caricature, but it does point out an immature spirituality that existed in the time of Jesus, as well as today. The words of Jesus challenged the notions of blessing some followers had. Jesus never said, ‘Blessed are the rich and self-important who stand over you with spiritual advice.’ He did say, ‘Love one another.’

Love did not mean a warm, comforting feeling. It meant to help others in need. In other words, Jesus turned the conventional wisdom upside down. Action (‘love’ as serving those in need) stood above status and reputation. In fact, such action was the key to a growing relationship with God.

Excerpt from a reflection on the Gospel by Larry Broding, The Word Sunday

Vale Fr King SJ

The Jesuit Community in Richmond
deeply mourns the sad demise of

Fr Geoffrey James King SJ

Born on 08 June 1943 in Burwood, NSW
Died at 12:10pm on 07 May 2015 in East Melbourne, VIC



Vigil
Monday 11 May 2015 at 7:00pm

Funeral Mass
Tuesday 12 May 2015 at 10:30am

Venue
St Ignatius’ Church

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