»I have told you all this, that my own joy may be in you and your joy may be complete. This is my commandment: love one another as I have loved you. There is no greater love than this, to give one's life for one's friends; and you are my friends if you do what I command you. I shall not call you servants any more, because servants do not know what their master is about. Instead I have called you friends, since I have made known to you everything I learned from my Father.
»You did not choose me; it was I who chose you and sent you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last. And everything you ask the Father in my name, he will give you. This is my command, that you love one another».
How God loved Jesus and how Jesus loved God? Revealing to the Son the divine will, and searching and accomplishing this will, they mutually loved. Was it always easy for Jesus and can the father joyfully remain silent while His only begotten son was crucified? Certainly no. If you can remove this bitter cup and why did you abandoned me were certain practical examples of Jesus’s difficulty. Jesus responded by telling, ‘let thy will be done and into your hand I surrender my Spirit.’ It will be the same for us, the disciples of Jesus.
How Jesus loved us and how should we love Jesus ? By revealing the divine will to us, Jesus loved us and we have to search daily the divine will and try in our limited way, to accomplish all that we have learned from Jesus. Only by abiding to the commandment of love that we ca love Jesus. This abiding is not always possible, though not impossible. Today Jesus is promising to us that in accomplishing the divine will, He had the joy and wishes the same to us, the same in its fulness. However, it comes with the condition of adhering, willingly to this love.
In every moment of life, in our ups and downs, it is important that we realize that we are called, chosen, anointed and sent to the world. Sometime, we may come back to the zero point, or in the carrefour without any outlet or sortie. It’s possible that we may have to make a pause or brutally forced to stop. Let’s not be disappointed. We are all the pilgrims orienting ourselves towards the heavenly abode, and on this eternal journey, we remain faithful, as the witness of God’s love and through us, a sign of divine hope to the whole creation.
On this day, let’s not forget the invitation of the Holy Father, to the call for prayer and fasting.
Action of the day : Be person of love.
«I have told you all this, that my own joy may be in you and your joy may be complete»