The essence of love

Jesus speaks to his disciples about the essence of love.

Dear Parishioner,

In today’s reading from the Gospel of John, Jesus speaks to his disciples about the essence of love and the nature of their relationship with him. He urges them to abide in his love just as he abides in the love of the Father.

This abiding love is an active, ongoing process of deepening one’s relationship with God and allowing His love to permeate every aspect of one’s life. It involves surrendering to God’s love, allowing it to flow through us to others, and experiencing the transformative power of divine love in our own lives.

What Jesus is teaching here is profound yet simple: love lies at the heart of Jesus’ message. He emphasises the interconnectedness of love between the Father, himself, and his followers. Jesus exemplifies the ultimate act of love through his sacrifice, laying down his life for us. This sacrificial love is not merely an abstract concept but a tangible reality that transforms lives and relationships.

What, then, can we take away from this passage and apply in our own lives today?

Firstly, we are called to abide in Christ’s love. This means dwelling in his love, letting it permeate every aspect of our being. When we abide in Christ’s love, we experience a deep sense of security, knowing that we are cherished and valued by our Creator.

Secondly, Jesus instructs us to love one another as he has loved us. This is a radical kind of love—one that is selfless, sacrificial, and unconditional. It transcends boundaries of race, ethnicity, and social status. As members of the Christian community, we are called to embody this love in our interactions with others, showing compassion, kindness, and forgiveness.

Furthermore, Jesus reminds us that our love for one another should bear fruit. Love is not passive but active—it compels us to reach out to those in need, to advocate for justice and equality, and to work towards the common good.

As we reflect on these teachings, let us recommit ourselves to abiding in Christ’s love and sharing it with others. May our lives be a testimony to the transformative power of love, bringing healing and hope to a world in need.

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