St Matthias, Apostle,  Monday, 14th May,2018  (Jn 15:9-17)

Dear Friend in the Lord,

Loving One Another: In today’s Gospel, Jesus instructed His disciples, “Love one another as I have loved you.”  Jesus’ Love for us is total, selfless and unconditional.  Reflect on our love for Jesus, and ask, “Do I put my love for Jesus before my own interests, needs, desires and dreams?”  Pray for the wisdom to love Jesus more wholeheartedly.

Fr Philip Heng, S.J

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘I have loved you just as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my own joy may be in you and your joy be complete. This is my commandment: love one another, as I have loved you. 

‘I shall no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know the master's business; I call you friends, because I have made known to you everything I have learnt from my Father. You did not choose me, no, I chose you; and I commissioned you to go out and to bear fruit, fruit that will last; so that the Father will give you anything you ask him in my name. My command to you is to love one another.’

As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?

  • Jesus gives His disciples a new commandment -- to love others the way He loves us. True love is evident in sacrificial love.  In Jesus’ love for us we find the fullness of grace, life, peace and joy.

  • Jesus speaks of the deep and perfect love that He and His Father has for each other.  Jesus too wants us to have a deeper and more personal relationship with Him and His Father.  

  • If our lives are fully surrendered to God we will surely find deep peace and joy even though life may be trying.  God’s love will be our consolation and strength.