Easter Week 5: Thursday

“As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.” (John 15:9-10)

Saint Basil the Great offers the following insight on these verses from today's Gospel:

“Now, if observing the commandments is the essential sign of love, it is very greatly feared that without love even the most effective action of the glorious gifts of grace — even of the most sublime powers and even of faith itself and the commandment that make a person perfect — will not be of help. It is evident, therefore, and undeniable that without charity — even though ordinances are obeyed and righteous acts are performed, even though the commandments of the Lord have been observed and great wonders of grace effected — they will be considered as works of iniquity because those who perform these acts have as their aim the gratification of their own will.” (Concerning Baptism, 1)

Easter Collect
O God, by Whose grace,
though sinners, we are made just
and, though pitiable, made blessed,
stand, we pray, by Your works,
stand by Your gifts,
that those justified by faith
may not lack the courage of perseverance.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with You
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

The Lord is risen! Alleluia!
He is risen, indeed! Alleluia!