My Faith Pondering
Eucharistic Readings for Sunday: 19 May 2019: Week 5 of Easter
“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35)
Jesus gives us a new commandment! He commands us to love one another. Why is this commandment new? Has not the commandments always commanded us to love one another? Actually, according to the Ten Commandments we are told, in list form, how to “treat” one another. The last six Commandments address our relationship with one another and have us to honor our parents, not to murder, not to commit adultery, not to steal, not to give false testimony against a neighbor, and not to covet. While this laundry list of commandments keeps us in good relationship with one another it only runs around the edges of what God really wants. And that is for to love one another.
Jesus has us to love each other as he has loved us. As I have pointed out in earlier blogs, this Command differs from the Synoptic Gospels in that it does not say “love your neighbor as yourself” (Hoping that you love yourself). But rather requires us to love our neighbor as Jesus loves us – and it must be remembered that Jesus loved us all the way to his death on the cross. This was sacrificial love, unconditional love, agape love.
In the first expressions of love the word love is used as a verb, that is an action we are to do, that is to love one another. Jesus ends with love as a noun. That is, he says, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” To have love makes love a thing we have, and, we most certainly do. And it is in us to share and relate to others with.
My Fitness Pondering
I met a remarkable man yesterday. He was not a particularly large man but it was apparent that he was in good shape as he helped us unload eight-foot tables and some chairs. It was revealed later by a friend that this man got up every day at 3:30 AM or so and went running. I was impressed!
My Music Pondering
I was whistling the melody for “Come thou fount of every blessing” yesterday when a parishioner asked me to actually sing the words to that tune. And I did. She knew she knew it but perhaps could not quite remember the words. It is good always to hear a hymn in our hearts.
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying through and to the people of the Creating Word and then let us “Ponder anew what the Almighty can do.” John Thomas Frazier Sr.