From the Word of the Day
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. (John 13: 34-35)
The word ‘new’ occurs five times in the second and third reading of this Fifth Sunday of Easter. The Apocalypse speaks of a ‘new heaven and a new earth’ and of a ‘new Jerusalem’. God tells us, “I am making all things new’ and John’s Gospel says, “I give you a new commandment”.
The word ‘new’ is one of the few words that always and only evokes positive meanings. Something new always leaves us expectant of the unknown, of surprises, of dreams. Happiness derives precisely from this.
Let us look at today’s reading. How can we define as ‘new’ a commandment that was already known in the Old Testament? The novelty consists in the measure to love; in how to love. Jesus tells us to love each other as He has loved us. This is the one and only true school of love: His and letting ourselves be loved by Him first of all. No matter who we are or how we are, Jesus can heal us with His love. We must enter into a marvelous chain of love that begins with the Father, passes through the Spirit and the Son and reaches to include us as well. Jesus came to this earth to show us this chain of love and to reveal to us our place in it. It is all and only about love. Jesus says, “Remain in my love”.
If love could speak, I think it would be able to use the words God pronounces in today’s second reading: “Look! I make all things new!”
The Voice of R. Follerau, Apostle to the lepers of our times
The world has only two destinies: love each other or disappear. We have chosen love.