Theme: " Love one another"
"Love one another as I have loved you " of all the commandments Jesus gave us, this is the most important. It sums up all the others. In a sense, the only failure in the life of a Christian is the failure to love.
Let us think about the people we don't love, the people we don't speak to, the people we haven't forgiven, the people we don't associate with.
1st reading ( Acts 14:21-27). Paul and Barnabas retraced their steps encouraging the little communities of Christians that they had founded.
2nd reading ( Rev. 21: 1-5).
This is taken from the final part of Apocalypse and opens with the vision of a new world and the manifestation of a new Jerusalem. This new order of things has been inaugurated by Christ.
Gospel ( John 13: 31-35)
During the last supper with His Apostles, Christ left them a new commandment - to love one another as he had loved them.
We all like to think that we love unconditionally but we deceive ourselves because most of the time our love for people is conditional.
It is difficult to have unselfish love.
True love is difficult.
It is easy to love people who are far away.
It is not always easy to love those who are close to us, even our family members, community members, our fellow workers...
It is easier to give some money to the poor than to relieve the loneliness of someone living next door
In other words, it is easy to love at a far distance but not easy to love at a close distance.
BUT does Christ expect me to love that woman next door who never stops gossiping about me, that stupid person I have to work with every day, that unfriendly taxi conductor who never smiles, that short-tempered person, etc
The answer is YES
These are the people Christ asks us to love. We must begin by loving the people near us.
That is where our love for each other must start. But of course, it doesn't have to end there.
May God give us the grace to love our brothers and sisters unconditionally.
Fr. Mubangizi JohnBosco