Gospel: John 15:9-11
As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you. Remain in my love! You will remain in my love if you keep my commandments, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.
I have told you all this, that my own joy may be in you, and your joy may be complete.
“Remain in my love.”
Jesus develops the command- ment of love. His love for his dis- ciples comes from his Father. He gives what he has. He is first loved by his Father. The quality of Jesus’ love for his disciples is deter- mined by love of his Father.
Love is not just having affec- tion for the other. Love is tied with obedience. The one who loves must keep the command- ments. Without obedience, we cannot claim we love God.
Jesus tells the reason why we should also remain in his love: that his joy may be ours and be complete. When that happens, what more can we ask?
If ever we feel restless, it may be because we are so pre- occupied with our own personal agenda. We do not express our love to God by praying and hel- ping the poor. We also forget to show our affection for the people we live with in our homes. Once home, we shut our doors and do not interact with other members of the family.
When we become more cons- cious of loving God and our neighbors, we are careful not to violate anything and in turn we have joy.
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