Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
May 6, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 145:8-9, 10-11, 12-13
John 13:31-33a, 34-35
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
It's all about love . . . .
The Gospel takes us back to Jesus' farewell address at the Last Supper. He's trying to prepare His apostles for His imminent arrest, with all its gruesome torture and crucifixion. When Jesus tells them that where He's going, they cannot come, they're frightened beyond belief. On top of everything, Jesus imposes on them a "new" commandment—that they love one another. Not just Jews, but everyone.
We have just as much trouble today in accepting this commandment as the apostles did. After all, how can we be expected to love those who hate life and try to destroy it? How can we love those who trod roughshod over our values? How can we love those who suffer from AIDS, our modern-day leprosy? With love, we can conquer our fears, our prejudices and overcome our inertia in solving many of our world's problems.
How can love be commanded? Isn't love just a feeling?
No, Jesus says, I command that you love, because it's a gift I have given you, and you have the power in your heart to share it. As Our Holy Father said recently, God can command that we love, because He has already given it to us. If we don't love others, then we don't really love God either.
The apostles didn't understand Jesus at the Last Supper, but they certainly did when, filled with the Holy Spirit, they poured out their love in preaching God's Word in Asia Minor. Taking the risk of loving all people can delight us, too, and free us from our fears.
- Msgr. Paul Whitmore
(pwhitmore29 at yahoo dot com)
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