Love is freed from fickle ties to affection only. Now it is living out the ongoing presence of Jesus in the world through the way that he loved⎯unto death. The new commandment is not a stern, military-type order, but rather a charge, a mission, a commitment.
The setting for the reading is the Last Supper before Jesus’ death. It is also appropriate on this Sunday as we enter into the final three of the seven weeks in the Easter season. Jesus approaches his last suppers during the time of glory when he was with the disciples after the resurrection until Ascension Thursday, forty days after Easter.
Let there arise in the depths of your soul that sense of AS Jesus has loved you⎯to the death…the death of self. Let the Spirit give you the gift of giving your life for others.
“Now the Son is glorified.” v. 31
Your new commandment of love v. 34
Loving as Jesus has loved v. 34
Disciple known for loving v. 35
For more about this way to pray see “Daily Bible Breaths” in the menu above.
This is the Fifth Week in Easter, Year C.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from
The Revised Common Lectionary.
Year C is dedicated to the Gospel of Luke, with focus on the Gospel of John in the later weeks of Lent and during the Easter Season.
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