Posted by: livingscripture | May 23, 2014

Fifth Friday of Easter

From the Word of the Day

 

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.”

 (John 15: 12-13)             

 

How should we live this Wordtogether

This is the high point, the apex of the whole of revelation.  The Prophets’ words and the radiant intuitions we find in the Old Testament, are now seen in their human-divine fullness.  Nothing can go beyond this.  What Jesus says for His followers is always of great importance, but here, in the power regarding the commandment that Jesus declares His own, the context of when He says it is also important.

In fact, it is one thing for a mother or father to hand down important words to their children at any time of their life.  However, it is quite different when these words are said when they realize they are about to die.  Besides the importance of this context, we note the sublime aspect of the supreme gift of life made to ‘friends’ and not generically.  The divine aspect is giving His life on the Cross.  This exalts the fact beyond all imagining because Jesus is fully human but His humanity is united to His being the Person of the Word: God from God.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on Jesus’ words.  He is calling me His friend and He has gratuitously given His life for me.  He loved me in the most painful moments of His earthly life.  I will marvel at His love and thank Him for it.

My Lord, unfortunately I get used to everything, even this limitless gift that has no equal.  Renew my heart that I may live the marvel of this gift of Your life.  Let it lead me render service of true gratuity for others.

The voice of Simone Weil, French Philosopher, Author, Convert from Atheist 

Jesus does not love as I love; but like an emerald is green, He is ‘love’.


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