April 28, 2013

The Gospel for Today

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Jn. 13: 31-33A, 34-35

When Judas had left them, Jesus said,
“Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him.
If God is glorified in him,
God will also glorify him in himself,
and God will glorify him at once.
My children, I will be with you only a little while longer.
I give you a new commandment: love one another.
As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.
This is how all will know that you are my disciples,
if you have love for one another.”

Reflection (Sem. Ivan Feniquito)

In today’s Gospel, Jesus gives us this new commandment “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.” This commandment is our mark as disciples of Jesus.

In the Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 1604, it says that “God who created man out of love also calls him to love – the fundamental and innate vocation of every human being. For man is created in the image and likeness of God who is himself love.”

We are called to love another, as Christ loved us. Since God first loved us, love is no longer a mere “command”, it is our response to God’s love, for which He draws us near to Him and leads us to love our neighbors.

There are times that it is difficult for us to love others especially when this person commits a serious or grave sin against us. Again, God is calling us to express our love for one another. Love entails forgiveness and because of love we learn to forgive others who have sinned against us. Jesus Christ has taught us to pray and to forgive as stated in the Lord’s Prayer, “And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.” God is calling us to be compassionate, loving, and merciful. As Christians, let us continue to be witnesses of God’s love, and love one another, as Christ loves us. uage:AR-SA’>            The Gospel is an invitation for me to trust on how Jesus trusted the Father. On the other hand it also serves as an invitation for me to become the way, the truth and the life to others. Just like what I’m praying every start of the day to do small good deeds to others. This can only be achieved if we depend ourselves in God, imitating the works of God and we always rely on God. oming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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