17 May Fifth Sunday of Easter
Dear OLPH Family and Friends,
Toward the end of today’s second reading we hear: “The One who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.’” He does not say that He will destroy everything and then make a new creation. He says that He will renew what had long before been created.
When Jesus gives “a new commandment” he talks of giving what already existed a deeper meaning. He calls us to love each other even more than we love ourselves. That is the very love that Jesus displayed on the Cross. He loved and loves us even more than Himself. “My children, I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” This is how those First Century Christians made Jesus known to the world.
One place where we sometimes fail most to carry out Jesus’ command to love one another is in our own families. With this statement I mean we fail to express our love to one another in a concrete way. Why do we often fail to carry out Jesus’ command to love in our own families? Sometimes it is because we find family members to be
repulsive. More often, however, the reason we fail to show affection to family members is because we take them for granted. When we take someone for granted we end up doing nothing for each other.
Jesus stressed love so much because love has the power to transform people. Love has the power to turn a beast into a prince. It has the power to turn a sinner into a saint. A very important truth about people is the fact that no one needs love more than someone who doesn’t deserve it. If we sit around and wait for people to become lovable before we love them, we will sit around the rest of our lives. It is precisely in the process of loving others that they become lovable.
If ever we find the need of a better example of perfect love – LOOK TO JESUS! As St. Paul says, Jesus loved us even when we were technically still enemies because of sin. If Jesus loves us despite our sinful nature how can we love one another any less?
May God bless, preserve and keep you!