Monday, August 17, 2015
John 15: 9-17 â€“â€śJesus said to his disciples: â€śAs the Father loves me, so I also love you.Â Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Fatherâ€™s commandments and remain in his love.Â â€śI have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy might be complete. This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down oneâ€™s life for oneâ€™s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father. It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. This I command you: love one another.â€ť
Our Response to the Word
â€˘ Our Christian faith is a vision of how a human life should be lived in fullness.Â It teaches us how to be a real person. A person is only fully alive when full of love. Because such a person then reflects best the God who IS love.
â€˘ There are four kinds of love in Greek: eros, filia, prauths and agape.Â Agape describes a love which reaches out to others without expecting anything in return. Such is the love of God for his creation. Godâ€™s loves is poured out in abundance on every single creature and it continues to flow out whether there is a response or not.
â€˘ It is this kind of love (agape) we are called to possess and embody in our actions.Â To love our enemies and to reconcile with them. To love them with agape is to want the very best for them, to want them to reform, to be changed, to be healed of hate and negativity.
â€˘ Love is a way of life. It is an internal attitude which influences every single thing we do and say and think. To be able to reach out in love and to experience being loved is Godâ€™s greatest grace.
â€˘ Ask yourself, â€śCan I love others unconditionally? This week, pray for your enemies and do acts of kindness without expecting anything in return.
Join Us in Prayer
We thank you God our Father, Almighty and Eternal, for the motions of the Spirit within us as we shared your Word today. May your Word continue to hover over our preoccupations and bring light and peace to our path. Give us the patience, fortitude, faith and wisdom to see your loving hand in all the blessings we constantly receive from you. May we always be witnesses of your love in our lives.Â Through Christ we pray, AmĂ©n!
– Adapted from sacredspace.ieÂ and contributed by Chaplain Vicky Perez of Baylor Plano