The time is fast approaching when the church asks us to celebrate the Ascension of our risen Lord Jesus into heaven to sit at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. As we prepare for this celebration, the Gospel today tells us that Jesus gave us a commandment to “Love one another as I have loved you.” Notice that the commandment is not only to love, but to love as he, Jesus loves. That in itself is a challenge. To love yes, but to love as Jesus loves is a tremendous challenge. “How does Jesus love?”, is the question; it is the profound challenge.
The Gospel of John chapter 13 verse 1, says: “Jesus having loved his own, loved them to the end.” End of what? His life. In other words, Jesus, having loved his own love them no matter the cost. In fact, that very chapter gives us what is now called The Washing of the Feet.” That was how perfect his love was. Although the devil had already won over Judas and Peter was going to deny knowing him, Jesus still washed their feet and made them a part of himself. That is the kind of love he has for us and commands us to have for each other. Even our preconceived betrayal and denial does not change his love for us.
Is it possible for us to fulfill that commandment? Yes, it is possible, or else he would not have commanded us to love as he loves. So what are we to do about this most difficult commandment? Pray constantly to Jesus and keep on trying to love as he loves.
While I have your attention, please remember to pray in earnest for our children writing the Eleven - plus Examination and all who are writing exams at this time. Remember as well that our Diocesan Marian Pilgrimage is this Saturday 12th May. Please gather at the Cathedral for 9:00am. Come honor the Mother of Our Savior.
May God bless you.
Fr. Clement Paul