Love One Another

Today we hear Jesus say, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” This lesson at first sounds so wonderful to our ears. We have one of our “love” readings, and it even falls on Mother’s Day. Yet while it certainly is a wonderful reading, it is not as simple and as “pie in the sky” as we first might think. For right after he tells us to love one another as he has loved us, we hear him say, “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.” All of a sudden this reading becomes a bit more serious.

Yet although our call to love may be a call to “give until it hurts”, as Mother Theresa describes it, we have to keep in mind the wonderful fact that we are the ones who have been chosen to give! And as we know from the cross, sometimes giving until it hurts can make all the difference in the world to the life of another.