Gospel JN 13:31-33A, 34-35
When Judas had left them, Jesus said,
"Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him.
If God is glorified in him,
God will also glorify him in himself,
and God will glorify him at once.
My children, I will be with you only a little while longer.
I give you a new commandment: love one another.
As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.
This is how all will know that you are my disciples,
if you have love for one another.”
+Prayer: Come Holy Spirit, Come by the means of the powerful intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Thy well beloved Spouse. Amen
When Jesus says, to his disciples: “I give you a new commandment, love…” What comes into your heart? I hear the word ‘you’ very loudly and I hear the word ‘love.’ “You (Peggy) Love, that’s my command to you”. There is something in this command of our Lord which I find deeply satisfying in its simplicity and beauty, bringing clarity of focus to everything. I think the word “simple” is what comes into my heart when I listen to this command of God, it is very simple. God is simple. When the Lord speaks, His words keep us simple. Coming close to Jesus draws us into a great “simplification” of life, the closer we come to Jesus the more simple we become, because God is simple: He is Love. Much of the ‘contagion’ of complexity comes from the world, the flesh and the devil. For some reason, this passage brings to mind an image. Here he is! Fryer!
…Aka “Fry-Fry” (I pronounce his name “Fra-Fry!”) Up at CYE he is our resident Border Collie. He has only one master, Fr. Quinn. I love to spoil Frafry when I can with a few tiny marrow bones. As soon as I call “Fra Fry…come! Cookie!” he bolts with tremendous speed and enthusiasm in my direction, but if Father whistles with that one unique whistle of his, this beautiful dog will put his full breaks on and skid and turn around in even higher speed and run to Father. It’s most amazing his desire to obey and please his master. His instincts pull him in one direction but the Masters voice is stronger, Fryer’s focus is on one command: the whistle or the word “come”. He is ‘about’ one thing and that one thing is heeding his master’s voice. Now for those of you who know Fryer, you will also know probably there are exceptions as he is still growing in one area and that is with squirrels; they still can entice him to disobey Father but that too is a lesson for us. For Fryer its squirrels, that ‘derail him’ from his primary focus, but we have that too, what is it for you? What keeps us from doing the one thing necessary, ‘loving others.” What distracts me, or what ‘entices me’ to disregard the voice of God calling me ‘to love another’ and what propels me to follow the selfish impulse to pull away from someone?
“I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I know that when we die and it comes time for God to judge us, he will not ask, 'How many good things have you done in your life?' rather he will ask, 'How much love did you put into what you did?”
― Mother Teresa