Today’s Thoughts: In the Gospel Jesus tells us to love one another and in doing so he uses the example of his own love for us. He tells us that there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends and we are his friends. Yes, Jesus is talking to his disciples some 2,000 plus years ago but if we believe the scriptures are alive then Jesus is also talking to us.
There is a famous quote from Fr. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ that I have always liked – “Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.” I believe that is what Jesus in getting at in our Gospel today.
As we are told in John’s Gospel – God so loved the world that he gave us his only Son and all we have to do is believe. Well Jesus with his words today puts an exclamation point on God’s love for us. Our job, our task, our command is simply to follow the example of Christ as we grow and discover the fire and the energies of love in each other!
Love is only realized, only understood in terms of action. Jesus so loved us that he gave his life for us. How we love determines the power and presence of God in our life. If we love God then we are called to live that love, we are called share it with one another.
Jesus remind us todays to discover the fire of love in our lives and in the world and to turn over everything to God because God’s love for us is always enough.
Sunday blessings to everyone!
Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P. "Preacher on the Run"
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