The Folks Around You

"Love one another as I have loved you" 

John 15:12
Acts 10:25-26,34-35,44-48; Psalm 98:1-4; I John 4:7-10; John 15:9-17

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Sixth Sunday of Easter, B

A young apprentice hoped to produce stained-glass windows as beautiful and inspiring as his teacher. Unable to come close to the master’s genius, the apprentice borrowed his tools to see if that would help. After using the tools for a time, the young man complained, “I’m not doing any better with your tools than I did with mine.” To which the teacher replied, “It’s not the tools of the master you need; it’s the spirit of the master you need.”

Today’s Gospel Lesson is the ultimate example of the Master instructing His apprentices. It is taken from Jesus’ lengthy instruction to the Apostles after the Last Supper. Jesus had stunned the Apostles by getting up from the table to wash their feet, saying, “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet, for I have given you an example, that you also should do what I have done for you. By this My Father is…

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