As the Father has love me, so I have loved you

As the Father has love me, so I have loved you

By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK

Acts 22:30.23:6-11, Jn 17:20-26. Today’s first reading reports Paul on trial in Jerusalem. Being aware of the differences between Pharisees and Sadducees, Paul emphasised that being a Pharisee means that he believes in life after death and for Paul, he believes especially in the life of Jesus who is risen after His death. This led to a dispute between those who believe in life after death and those who do not believe in life after death.

Though Paul aligned with the Pharisees; however, he eloquently appealed for peace and unity. In today’s Gospel, Jesus made such appeal for unity among His disciples: “As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you. Remain in my love.” Jesus urged His followers towards a shared vision of goodness, kindness, peace and justice. Basically, this unity was to be modelled upon that of the Holy Trinity. Jesus in turn will share with His disciples the glory given to Him by the Father before the world began, “so that your love for me may live in them, and I may live in them.” Jesus puts before us a vision that should lead us to unite around His table. It is a desire that He personally holds dear: “With I in them, and you Father in me, may their unity be complete.” If we love Him, we must make His vision a reality.

May the Lord strengthen us in our good efforts, works and endeavours, so that we may always walk in the path of truth and righteousness! Amen!! Have a wonderful day!!!

 

 

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