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Daily Bible Reflections Archive
| Theo Tigno
5/10/2012 3:18 pm
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|Friday of the Fifth Week of Easter
| John 15:12-17
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."
Today's prayer intention - for those who are struggling with addiction.
Jesus commands us to love one another as He loves us.
In revealing how He love us, Jesus reminds us that He told us everything that He heard from the Father. It makes me wonder about what we have heard from Our Lord. How are we relaying what we know from Our Lord?
I know that there is the great phrase that is attributed to St. Francis which goes something to the effect of, "preach the Gospel; if necessary, use words." Yet it seems like more and more, people need to hear that God loves them. More and more, people need to hear an encouraging word that reminds them that God will take care of us.
Sure, we can't tell a total stranger all that we know about our faith, but at least we can acknowledge in our providence that we are grateful for what we have. We can at least acknowledge in our need that we trust in a God who multiplied loaves and fishes.
I know that I have hid behind the great phrase by St. Francis, doing the acts of love and neglecting the vulnerability of telling someone about my faith. I have grown to see that this is narcissistic and in the end has more to do with me than it to love God and to love my neighbor.
Jesus told us what He has heard from the Father. Let us love one another as He loves us. Take care and God Bless.