An excerpt from the reading from the Holy Gospel according to John 15:9-17
"Jesus said to his disciples; "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 the Father's commandments and remain in his love."
+Let us Pray: Breathe in me O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy, draw my heart O Holy Spirit that I love what is holy
To "remain" is to stay where I am. Which is where? In God's hands. If I choose willfully to stay there, in God's hands, surrendered to Him, and willfully so, by making the choice, that choice is expressed in obedience to His commands (Commandments) His Word (Sacred Scripture) His way (His Will) in my life. To remain is to say, that at this moment God has me, and I don't want to leave here (His hands) and so, I choose of my free will to grasp His hand tightly with all I've got, by holding onto His Word, His Truth, His commandments, His Will- through obedience and in so doing, I have Him and He has me, and He is Love.
Prayer: Loving Lord, increase my Faith and teach me to pray. Grant me please the gift of Understanding, that I may know you and love you and by obeying your laws may always live in your Merciful Love. Amen