As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete. “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’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.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
You chose me to find the love of my life and to call her my wife for 34 years.
You chose me to be the Father of two beautiful and strong daughters who have grown into young women.
You chose me for two loving, generous , faith filled parents.
You chose me to have 5 wonderful siblings and their families to be a part of my life.
You chose me to have so many thoughtful and kind in-laws in-laws (especially Jeanne, Joanie and Jimbo),
and other relatives and good friends.
You chose me to go to JCU and make life time relationships that exit 40+ years later.
You chose me for ALS and have given me the grace to “Keep the Faith with No Moping”.
There is a plan. We all have a purpose.
We desire long life and “success”. But that is our plan. We need to trust His plan. We might not understand it during our lifetime. We might consider his plan unfair and make us angry. God still loves us…like a good parent.
Trust in him and his Plan. He chose us.
—Bill Burke has been a member of the Midwest Jesuit advancement team for three years; he is currently on a leave of absence.
Life-giving God, I thank you for your presence and action in my life, within our family, across our wider world. You call me by name. You entrust family and friends to my care. Bless all those I meet; strengthen their hearts and bless their homes, now and always. Amen!
—The Jesuit prayer team