A reading from the holy gospel according to John 15:9-17:
9 Jesus said to his disciples: “As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love.
10 If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.
11 “I have told you this so that my joy might be in you and your joy might be complete.
12 This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.
13 No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
14 You are my friends if you do what I command you.
15 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.
16 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.
17 This I command you: love one another.”
Points for Reflection:
1. God loves us. This is the most wonderful reality that we can ever discover. Even if we don’t love ourselves, He still loves us. Our real value flows from this truth and it is never diminished by human thought or action. Just like paper money that is crumpled and thrown on the street, our value as God’s creation remains the same even if we are broken and rejected by others.
2. God loves us even if we don’t love Him back. That is why He sent His only Son to suffer and die to redeem us. This is the greatest expression of His love – to lay down His life for us. This is our source of joy. Somebody paid for our sins. He is Jesus.
3. Jesus is calling us to remain in His love. Our love for Him is shown in the way we keep His commandment, that is, to love one another and to spread His message of love to others. Love is our badge. The world will know that we are His disciples if we love one another (John 13:35).
Dear Jesus, help me to keep your commandments and to remain in your love. Amen.