Jesus said to his disciples:
“This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.
No one has greater love than this,
to lay down one’s life for one’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.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
Is love an experience only to happen several times in your life? Is love the act of stating your feelings for another aloud for all to hear? Or is love the act of respecting and honoring the individual dignity every single person carries with each breath they take.
“This is my commandment!” This is my answer. Love.
The experience of acknowledging and entering a relationship of kinship is love. When Jesus says “I no longer call you slaves” he has deigned himself to the level of humanity and imperfection. We must lower ourselves back to the sustainable given right of humanity, to walk with the victims of earthquake in Nepal, the rioters in Baltimore, and the sisters and brothers that cross our borders every day. We must hold out our hand and grasp our family, our world’s hand and hope they grab it back.
That is love. That is God’s greatest commandment. This is our answer.
Evie Zaker is a junior at Loyola Academy. She is the first student to write a reflection for PrayLA!
I ask the Father to give me an intimate knowledge of the many gifts I have received that, filled with gratitude for all, I may in all things love and serve the Divine Majesty.
―Spiritual Exercises #233
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