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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

April 29, A.D. 2005

Acts 15:22-31
Psalm 57:8-12
John 15:12-17

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

"Love one another as I have loved you. . ."

What in the world could Jesus mean by this? How can we love one another in the way He loved us? Are we each called to crucifixion and death for the benefit of others?

Probably not in the literal sense that Jesus was crucified and died. And yet, every day we are given the opportunity for numerous, nearly endless small sacrifices, endless "deaths to self" that would be small crucifixions. When someone wants something from us that we simply don't wish to give -- that is a call. When a child wakes us earlier than we would wish, or acts up, or demands things from us that push our very limits -- we can give ourselves up to the grace of God, die to self and love one another as He loved us.

Christians are known by their love. Our love has one source, one completion: Jesus Christ, Crucified, died, resurrected. He is the source of our ability to love and the source of all love. When we love with His love we make the resurrected Christ present to the person being loved. They may not see Him, but they can come to know Him if we make Him present at every opportunity.

So, when the opportunity comes today: Love one another as Jesus loves you."

- JuandelaCruz

Lives of the saints:

Friday of the Fifth Week of Easter

St. Catherine of Siena, virgin, doctor of the Church

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