The good news for the day, May 19, 2017
Friday of the Fifth Week of Easter (289)
Jesus says to His friends: “Here is my direction—to love each other as I have loved you. No one has a greater love than this, to set your life for people you love. You are my friends if you do what I direct you to do. I no longer call you underlings, because an underling has little idea what his chief is doing.
I have called you intimate friends, because I have let you know everything I have heard from my Father. It has not been you who picked me—I have been the one who chose you and have appointed you to go bear fruit that will be permanent, so that whatever you ask the Father as part of my family—He would give you. This I entreat you—to love each other.” (John 15)
Besides the inspiration that the Bible offers you—like any great piece of writing—it suggests a variety of ways to understand it. That is a good thing. It’s part of the wonderful mystery of our Father, and of Jesus—to see from many angles, to appreciate from below and above, from past and future, from time and eternity—to appreciate the contradictions and mysteries that is each person..
The reminder is that, because you and I share a Father in the Realm of What is Right, we ought to behave like a family, loving and accepting differences, appreciating each other’s help, and offering a readiness to forgive, understand, look for the good, and aid when things go wrong—whether medically, legally or socially. Yes, you may recognize a “brother” here and now as a thug, a selfish and mean soul. You do not play stupid. You still offer help—maybe by patience—conceding struggles that everyone—everyone—has in their hearts.
“Love each other” – takes many forms. One size does not fit all. On the contrary, loving sees the individual, sees the common humanity, but also you see a Person, a unique history, a set of contradictions, a list of traits—each of which is both good and bad. You sift for the good, as Jesus has demonstrated, not condemning, rejecting, nor hating, but listening and responding. Love the one you’re with, foe or friend.