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April 24, 2016

The Fifth Sunday of Easter

The good news for the Day

My little ones, I will be with you only a little while longer. I am giving you a commandment afresh: love each other. As I have loved you, so you also ought to be loving each other. This is how everyone will appreciate how you are my disciples, if you have a love for one another.” (John 13, 33-35)

All of us are involved with loving. We develop strings of love that tie us in many directions—to our parents, brothers and sisters, to friends we are comfortable with, to colleagues we admire with something akin to love, to public figures of entertainment, politics or achievement who trigger strong feelings…and we like these strings. We look forward to sharing time and activities with these people we love, and who love us. We feel refreshed and renewed because of them.

Loving “each other” is a different magnitude, quite a different flavor. .

Think about the person you are most comfortable with. It may be your spouse, a buddy, a truly “best friend,” or just someone you have known a long time. You feel with that person a freedom, openness, and comfort level that comes with mutual acceptance. You forgive naturally. You understand mistakes. You help when it helps, and are just there at other times. You can say anything, admit mistakes large and small—and go on.

Such is the kind of love that eventually makes you happy and at peace—when it becomes to spread out—and it dawns on you that this IS love, the kind of love everyone needs, no one deserves, and few get. This “love of neighbor,”—to love one another—forms the mutual bonds and strings that link the true Family-of-God community. In the end, this reaching out and acceptance are what create a New World, the Kingdom of God. Love strangers the way you love people you are comfortable with.

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