ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC CHURCH
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“Love one another,” Jesus tells his disciples. No, Jesus commands his disciples.  This is how everyone will know that they are his disciples.  As we gather here today, we ask ourselves if we can be recognized by our love.  Do we show the love we have for one another in what we do and say?  Do we love one another as much as Jesus loves us?  May the God of love bless us in the challenge to love each other.

THE COMPASSION THAT HEALS

An American journalist, after watching Mother Teresa caring for a man with gangrene, remarked to her: ‘I wouldn’t do that for a million dollars.’ Mother Teresa replied: ‘Neither would I… but I do it for love of God.’ Selfishness keeps us shut in, builds barriers, even walls, between us and others. What frees us is caring for others, being friends, being sisters and brothers to them, being good neighbors. A doctor, who has shared some of the deepest moments in the lives of many patients, says that people facing death don’t think about the degrees they’ve earned, the positions they’ve held, or how much wealth they’ve amassed. What really matters at the end is whom you have loved and who has loved you.

Love asks the best from us and brings out the best in us. Being loved gives us a surprising energy and courage. Love makes us fruitful, productive, strong and constant in doing good. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, famous for her work on the stages of dying, has written: ‘Love is the flame that warms our soul, energizes our spirit, and supplies passion to our lives. It’s our connection to God and to one another.’

Practicing love has the power to heal ourselves and others. To love is to heal, both those who receive and those who give it. To decide to love is to be fully open to life. It is choice and not just feeling. When we choose to be loving, caring, healing, helping, and forgiving persons, we grow towards what our life is meant to be. There’s really no other way. So, Jesus insists, very strongly: ‘Love one another, as I have loved you.’

Gospel: Jonh 13:31-35

“Jesus gives the new commandment, to love one another.

When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’

I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

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