When I was a child, my parents taught me by example. They first showed me how to do things, and then I would follow them. It is the same with the way I behave: I also imitate their ways. I often hear other people tell me, (“You are just like your mother/father”). In this way, we are being associated with those who have taught, influenced, and guided us. We come to be like our parents, teachers, and guardians. If someone would ask me why I am active in attending mass, it is because my parents are active in attending mass. If they would ask why I appreciate food differently, it is because my parents taught me how much effort is put in the preparation of food.
In today’s gospel, Jesus commanded His disciples to love one another as He himself has loved them. It is a revelation for us of our true identity and connection with our Lord and Master. Love is our identity; for God is love, and He himself has shown us this love. The greatest love is the offering of one’s life for a friend. He has loved us first. He himself has shown us how to love. Love is our connection to God. Love is what binds us together. Love is the measure of true discipleship.
As I reflect on the gospel, I ask myself, “how can I profess my faith in Jesus Christ? How can I become a true Christian?” Today’s gospel answers these questions. It is His invitation and commandment – “LOVE ONE ANOTHER.” May we always become instruments of God’s love in every circumstance of life.
By: Sem. Paulo O. Magistrado
Jesus said to his disciples:
“This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.
No one has greater love than this,
to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
You are my friends if you do what I command you.
I no longer call you slaves,
because a slave does not know what his master is doing.
I have called you friends,
because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father.
It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you
and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain,
so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.
This I command you: love one another.”