For 7 May 2021, Friday of the fifth week of Eastertide, based on John 15:12-17
Jesus said to his disciples, â€˜This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down oneâ€™s life for oneâ€™s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.