John 15:9-17 Reflection ~
Continuously holding in our heart the mystery of Jesus as our friend, strengthens our ability to treat everyone as friends. If we are filled with Jesus’s all-embracing and unconditional love, then our human weaknesses will not get in the way of letting this love flow to others. I pray that the world sees the evidence of Christians asking for and trusting the Father in Christ name. We share in Christ’s joy when we naturally allow and acknowledge this grace to surface from within.
Our Lord Jesus Christ, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum
John 15 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
9 As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11 I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.
12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. 16 You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. 17 I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.
Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this reflection on John 15:9-17.