Making All Things New

Father Bob’s homily last Sunday…


5th Sunday of Easter C

“I give you a new commandment: love one another.  As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.”  When I hear these words of Jesus, I have three feelings simultaneously.  At one level, on the surface and without too much examination, I feel gratified.  Of course, we should love one another as Christ has loved us.  How else would we want to approach the other, but with Christ like love?  And I am well aware that we might be the only Gospel someone ever reads and the only witness to the Good News one person might ever meet.  And what could be more attractive in us and for the other but Christ-like love?

But there is also the accompanying feeling, something in the midrange of my mind and soul.  It begins pretty selfishly.  Love as Christ did?  How did that work…

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