May 1, 2016 – Sixth Sunday of Easter
Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him. (John 14:23)
Today we hear about the cycle of love. We are called to love Jesus. How do we do that? We do that by keeping His word, and His word is to love others. So, we love Jesus and love others, and we are loved by God in return…the cycle of love.
The most challenging part of the cycle is “keeping His word” and loving one another as Jesus intends. This includes loving others when they are not so lovable.
Loving others is simple in theory, difficult in practice. I have found it easier to wrap my mind around loving acts. We love others as Jesus intends through loving acts.
I get in an argument with a co-worker and we are angry with one another. I may not be ready to hug him or invite him to lunch right away, but I can love him as Jesus intends through the loving act of forgiveness or tolerance.
I choose to go out and serve the homeless twice per month. When I do that, I am not only loving those I serve. I am loving as Jesus intends. Through the loving act of of serving the homeless, I am loving all of the homeless, the poor, and the disenfranchised, many of whom I will never meet.
The loving act of prayer allows us to love as Jesus intends. We may feel like we cannot touch the lives of all who suffer, so many who need our love – but we can pray for them.
We can’t put an end to war on our own. We can however, exhibit the loving act of peacefulness.
It is incredibly challenging to love as Jesus intends us to love. Breaking the challenge up into small loving acts may make it more manageable for us.