Loving as Jesus loves
Have we noticed that till this 6th week, we are still proclaiming the resurrection of Jesus? We have been following the Easter stories. But there are phases in the story. The first one starts with Jesus. The second one flows to his apostles. The latest story in our readings for today shows the movement of the resurrection from the apostles to the gentiles. Jesus is raising up both you and me in today's generation.
Jesus is reaching out to us in a concrete way. He is making us into an "Alter Christus" or another Christ. What makes us live like Christ?
The first aspect about living like Christ is when we live out his commandments and his values. Jesus was faithful to the command of his Father. What was the command? Love one another. And what kind of love? "As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Remain in my love."
Have we noticed the intimate connections between the Father and Son and the Son and us? This is comunio! We are to love one another as Jesus loves - with the love of the Father!
We are to love as Jesus loves - sacrificing till the end. If we are to sacrifice ourselves only to bring our children to heaven we would gladly do so. This is positive sacrifice. Nobody brought their children to Jesus by living comfortable lives.
Third, we are to love as Jesus loves - by allowing ourselves to be sent. To be commissioned to be fruitful is the greatest gift we can receive - that by our actions, simply as they are, would bring fruitfulness to others and would lead others to Jesus. Let our smallest actions be salvific. This is true love.