“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love."
I often wonder what is required of me from today’s Gospel. And tell myself that I already love all my brothers and sisters. I do not cause suffering to others. I mind my own business and do not interfere with anyone else’s.
But is this what Jesus asks of me? That I remain in my own world, callous and indifferent to what is happening all around?
Then I am reminded of Jesus who died on the cross… for what reason? Was he a sinner or was it that he died for us sinners to give us an example of the greatest form of love?
We are required to love each other as the Father and Son love, as Christ loves us (Focus). It’s often easy enough to love people outside our homes or at a safe distance – in Iraq or Syria!
But the test, sometimes, is to love those nearer home: the difficult child, the cantankerous spouse, the strict parent, demanding in-laws, the mean next-door neighbour, or the government official who makes us run from pillar to post…
Would I cheerfully help a neighbour who is sick or old and cannot do the shopping or bank work? Are there other similar ways in which I could show my love for Jesus?
Fruit: May I find the strength to put aside my hurt and pain to love others the way Jesus loves me.