FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Fourth Tuesday of Easter Time
May 14, 2019
WORD of the DAY
As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. 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.
“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete. 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.
(John 15: 9-14)
How shall I live this Word?
In these last chapters, the Evangelist John highlights what he had heard from Jesus when He was with Him as one of the Twelve. Jesus truly touches the sublimity of notes of Christian revelation. Not even the greatest Prophets of the Old Testament had made vibrate the highest chords of God’s love for humanity. Here, however, we need to grasp the power and depth of the analogy. The text reads: “As the Father loves me, so I also love you.” In the intimacy of the Most Holy Trinity, the Father has loved His Divine Son Jesus in a ‘divine’ way. The infinite is here…however, we are within a truth that does not get lost in a play on words. Perhaps we do not think of this enough, but the love of Jesus for us touches the tuning fork of the infinite. In fact, it is concretely accomplished in the sacrifice of the man- God Jesus Christ who died on the cross for us. This is the source of the power and beauty of the invitation, “Remain in My Love!” The author of this passage knows well that we easily lose sight of the reality of this invitation. Thus he explains it. Just as Jesus lived in the Father’s love by observing the most challenging but radiant of the commandments, that by loving we accomplish the Will of the Eternal Father until our death so that we can be redeemed and saved. Thus, we too can live the joyful certainty that comes to us from remaining in love if our life is daily lived in the real practice of God’s commandments.
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Jesus continues: Remain in my love. That is, immerse yourselves, establish yourselves, always remain in this exceptionally special love. It is an invitation to enter into this loving circulation, which, beginning with the Father is poured out in the Son and from the Son has overflowed into us. What does this love consist of. Perhaps we understand it better when we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit because it deals with the relationship that passes through the Father and the Son through us and returns to the Father. It is a loving relationship worked by the Holy Spirit.
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