5th Sunday of Easter – 2019
Taken from his farewell discourse during the Last Supper, Jesus exhorts his disciples, “And now I give you a new commandment: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. If you have love for one another, then everyone will know that you are my disciples”. But what makes this commandment new?
It is new because Jesus’ love is now the standard and measure of the way we will love. He loved us to the end, he loved without counting the cost, he loved that we may have life in us. So that even if Jesus departs, the disciples can continue to be His followers and keep His Spirit alive through this command: “This is how all will know that you are my disciples: if you have love for one another.” We keep the Spirit of Jesus alive by the love that we share with one another.
To be a disciple of Jesus therefore, is to make our witness of loving our primary task.