Love as Jesus Loved

05-15-2022Weekly ReflectionFr. Arul Doss

Dear People of God,

First of all, I thank all those who worked for the Spring Fundraiser for our St. Boniface school. Many volunteers, Parents, Teachers, Staff and Students worked a lot with dedication, zeal and more enthusiasm. I appreciate you all. I also thank heartily all those who supported this fundraiser by sacrificing your time, lot of stuffs for auction and money donations.

On this fifth Sunday of Eater, the readings are about new commandment. The first reading, taken from the Acts of the Apostles, describes how the small Christian communities helped the work of renewal in their members by their agape love, imitating the agape love of Paul and Barnabas. In the Gospel reading of today, Jesus says, “Love one another as I have loved you” (Jn 13:35). Jesus has added a new element to the Old Testament command of love by teaching us that the true test of discipleship is to love other people in the same way that he has loved us, with sacrificial, selfless, self-giving, unconditional, agape love. Hence, the renewal of Christian life means a radical change of vision and a reordering of our priorities in life. Such a renewal brings us to embrace new attitudes, new values, and new standards of relating to God, to other people and, indeed, to our whole environment.

We are asked to love as Jesus loved, in the ordinary course of our lives. We love others by comforting and protecting those who have experienced loss. We love others by serving others in every possible way, no matter how small, seeing the face of Jesus in them. We love others by forgiving rather than condemning, by challenging rather than condoning. Finally, we love others by sacrificially sharing our time, talents, and blessings with them.

Have a Happy and Blessed Sunday!!