(Jn 15: 12-17)
Jesus said to his disciples:
“This is my commandment: love one another as I love 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 no longer call you slaves,
because a slave does not know what his master is doing.
I have called you friends,
because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father.
It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you
and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain,
so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.
This I command you: love one another.”
Loving is easy when it does not need much effort and stay on the level of feelings only. It is tested when such loving has a cost. Jesus identified the type of love that His disciples ought to extend to one another. It is a love that is unfazed even if the cost is to give one’s life for one’s friend. This selfless love is the new commandment of Jesus.
But why is it that Jesus imposed this commandment to His disciples. It seems to be an impossible task. We are naturally jealous of our own comfort and well-being. Our self-centeredness is not only about vanity. It sometimes is about survival. Perhaps the reason is because Jesus wants to share His very attitude to other people to His friends. He Himself showed them that this is possible. He walked His talk. And so Jesus tells His disciples to adhere to the Law of love so that they will be known as His friends who shared His life during the end of time.
Fr. Paulson V. Veliyannoor, CMF
May the light of the Risen Lord shine upon my soul. May God warm and transform my soul, make true love reign and shine in me. Let me know how to sympathize, to share, to welcome each other, to give away … Especially let me sacrifice to forget myself as God. Thus, the glorious light of the Easter mystery shines in me.
Please let me know that loving one another with God’s love is in harmony with the heartbeat of God and a sign for everyone to recognize God as love. Amen