Commentary: Wayback Machine.
'Tis also the festival of Saint Celestine V, Pope, O.S.B. Cel. (1215-1296), one hundred ninety-second Bishop of Rome; founder of the Celestines, a branch of the Benedictines: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link O.S.B. Cel.
'Tis also the festival of Blessed Peter Wright, Priest & Martyr, S.J. (1603-1651), martyred in the reign of the lord protector Oliver Cromwell: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link.
'Tis also the festival of Saint Theophilus of Corte, Priest, O.F.M. (1676-1740): Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link.
Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Easter Weekday
The Acts of the Apostles, chapter fifteen, verses twenty-two thru thirty-one;
Psalm Fifty-seven, verses eight & nine, ten & twelve;
The Gospel according to John, chapter fifteen, verses twelve thru seventeen.
Commentary: Easter Gospel reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, today’s Gospel instructs us in the way of loving others with God’s love. The whole of the Christian life is on display here: God is love. In other words, God is a self-emptying gift on behalf of the other. But this means, paradoxically, that to have God is to be what God is—and that means giving one’s life away.
Now we see the link which Jesus suggests between joy and commandment: “This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.” Now we begin to understand the laws, commands, and demands of the Church. All are designed to make us more adept at giving ourselves away—more adept at love.
Don’t steal; don’t kill; don’t covet your neighbor’s goods or wife; honor your mother and father; worship God. All of these commands—positive and negative—are meant to awaken and make possible love.