Love Redux – Good News for May 15

15 05 2009

John 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.”

The Daily Path: I don’t know why on some occasions the Catholic Church will repeat the same Gospel on consecutive days. You may recall that yesterday we read almost the exact same passage from John 15.

Here’s what I think… with all the madness in today’s world, God wants us to be constantly reminded what Jesus tells us of love. As my good friend the Mad Advertising Czar would say: “It’s about getting eyeballs, man.” 

Okay, God. Today we have a love redux to remind more people about the message. 

“Love one another” 

Start this morning in the Peet’s Coffee Line. The Unemployment line. The bridge toll line. The line to get in line. Hug your wife. Tell your kids you love them even though their crayons melted on your back seat. Shake hands with your adversary at work (there is more success to be gained in tandem than alone). Smile at the person you can’t stand to be around (that smile has amazing super power to bring behavioral change). But do all these things because you love God… and because Jesus has asked us to “Love one another.”

Room to Chat: Guys have a hard time demonstrating their love. Reflect on that.




One response

16 05 2009
Kin Robles

How hard is it to love your enemy? Let me share that I failed miserably today. Couldn’t extend a smile, nor could I get beyond this person’s perceived transgression.

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