THE GOSPEL: John 13:31-35
When Judas had gone Jesus said:
‘Now has the Son of Man been glorified,
and in him God has been glorified.
If God has been glorified in him,
God will in turn glorify him in himself,
and will glorify him very soon.
My little children, I shall not be with you much longer.
I give you a new commandment:
love one another;
just as I have loved you,
you also must love one another.
By this love you have for one another,
everyone will know that you are my disciples.’
Donal Neary S.J.
The glory of God in St John’s gospel
is another word for his love.
We have types of love, and for most of us we find it in our lasting friendships, our spouses, our partners, our family – those without whom life would be so much the poorer.
Real love transforms. Opens the heart more and more. We get out of ourselves in real love – caring, forgiving, getting over things. In all sincere and outgoing love between any two people, God is present. Love brings God alive in us. Not the love that is in name only and uses each other. But love that sees the other as more important than myself.
We say, ‘love made him’. Parents say –‘ I hope they find friends who will bring the best out of each other’. Mauriac writes- “To love someone is to see a miracle invisible to others.” The example of Jesus can help us at times when it can be hard to see goodness even in those we love.
Real love heals. Only love makes the best out of the worst. In concentration camps the survivors were often those who had love to remember or go back to. Even when things go very badly in life, the forgiveness of love can help us move forward.
Lord, help me to be truly grateful for love in my life.
Gospel and Gosple Reflection are taken from Mass Readings and Sunday Homily - Catholicireland.net.