Scripture Reading: Colossians 3:12-14
Scripture says “So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”( 1 Corinthians 13:13). An identity card is usually issued out as a proof that the bearer has an affiliation with the institution that issues the card. As our Lord neared the end of his earthly life, He gave His disciples a commandment that was to serve as an identity: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you…by this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34).
What was so “new” about this commandment? The newness of this commandment stems from the standard by which we are called to love. Rather than loving our neighbour just as we love ourselves, this commandment calls us to something more sacrificial – loving others as Christ has loved us. It calls us to lay down our lives for others.
Think about the love of Christ for us. A love that made Him leave His glory to live amongst us and endure discomfort, shame, suffering and death for us while we were yet sinners. His love for us is incomparable and that is the love we are called to emulate. A love that is manifest in our sincere compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, forgiveness and patience as St Paul tells us in today’s Scripture reading. Christ implores us to love and pray for all. It is such selfless love that truly makes us stand as His children and disciples. “This commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.” 1 John 4:21
The true love of Christ, following His example of love, requires a desire for selfless and sacrificial love. This is the perfection of love! We are called, ultimately, to love without even considering the cost. The more a person loves, the more he resembles God. Love should influence the whole life of a person” (Genesis 2:24).
MASS: GREEN/WHITE ST PETER CLAVER, P.(OPT MEM) 1 Cor 7:25-31ps 45:11-12.14-15.16-17(R.11a)Accl Lk 6:23ab; Gospel Lk 6:20-26
- Thank You that your love is perfect, it never fails, and that nothing can separate us from your love. We pray that our lives would be filled and overflowing with the power of your love so we can make a difference in this world and bring honour to You. Lord thank You that your love is patient. Help us show patience with those around us. Lord thank You that your love is kind. Help us to extend kindness to others.
Exercise: Let us ask for the freshness of His Holy Spirit to bring His message of love alive within our hearts and flowing through our lives.
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Meditation: Ephesians 3:17