This Sunday Jesus’ message is short and sweet, “You are my followers if you love one another.”
Love is perhaps the easiest yet most difficult human experience about which to write. Poems, songs, novels, plays, paintings, books and essays try, but never quite say it all just right. Jesus did it and continues to do it now. Mothers, fathers, friends, strangers all have the capacity to reveal something about what Jesus is doing asking, but only Jesus reveals perfectly the love of our
No greater love is there than to lay down one’s life for another. Laying down one’s life does not necessarily mean physically dying. Jesus did of course give his life many times, but ultimately did expire. Every moment of His life was an act of sacrificial love.
During this Easter time it might be well to respond to Jesus’ commandment by reflecting upon how love involves dying even in the littlest ways. Love and Justice go together well, but loving is not a just experience. If we expect to get back what we lay out, that is a business not a love relationship. Love is unjust then, that is correct. We are loved by God unjustly in a sense. If we feel worthy of being loved by someone, then we are rewarded, appreciated and paid back.
What Jesus is asking of us is impossible if we expect to love others as much and faithfully as he loved us. What is possible is to allow ourselves to be loved by Jesus and then to follow his example as imperfect as it may be, because this is the core of the Christian life. Loving takes time, takes chances, takes opportunities, takes rejection, takes awareness, but does not take, grab, demand, measure, but receives.