Wednesday, May 15, 2019
“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” [John 13:35]
Love. It seems so simple, yet we know how difficult it is to love one another. This new commandment that Jesus gives, “That you love one another, just as I have loved you,” is demanding. Jesus’ love for his disciples causes him to bend his knee and do the mundane task of washing their feet. Jesus then tells his disciples, “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” He also says we are to love our enemies. This love is demanding and I dare say we all fall miserably short of its standard. So, do we really take seriously that love is at the center of faith? If so, how might we make love ever more central in our daily words and actions? Maybe a good start would be to rest in God’s love for us, for as God says through the prophet Isaiah, “You are precious in my sight, and honored, and I love you.” May we know ourselves to be deeply loved by the mystery we call God and then maybe, just maybe we can be ever more loving to others.
I am so thankful for your steadfast love, O God. You love me. Of course, I can find reasons why you shouldn’t. So, help me to learn to rest in and receive fully your love. Let your love inspire me and encourage me to be more loving in all my interactions, with myself and with others. Amen.