“My children, I will be with you only a little while longer. I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:33-35)
I do love this Gospel and I know that the most important lesson God wants us to learn is how to love. Loving one another should be our most important objective and greatest ambition in this life.
In his homily, Father Greg said that “love was a choice”. We make a conscious decision to love. I’ve tried to take that to heart as I go about my week. Most times I wait for that loving feeling to come from the depths of my soul and bubble up to the surface. But…now I am trying to make the mindful decision to love. What I have found is that when the mind and soul are in concert, the feeling is even more powerful.
I’m not saying this is easy; in fact, it is very hard at times. To love when someone has disappointed you; to love when you witness meanness; to love when you are angry; to love when you are jealous; to love when someone you have never seen before is sitting in your seat at Church. But yet, there it is: love one another as I have loved you. Boy, does He love us! He loves when we are mean, nasty, jealous, vulnerable, sad, depressed, joyful, content, whatever our present state, at our best and our worst, Jesus loves us. He never stops….so why do we?
To quote one of my favorite lines from A Raisin in the Sun, Mama’s son has just lost a lot of money and is about to sacrifice his integrity as a man. His sister has just called him a “toothless rat” and says there is nothing left of him to love and Mama says to her,
“Child, when do you think is the time to love somebody the most? When they done good and made things easy for everybody? Well then, you ain’t through learning – because that ain’t the time at all. It’s when he’s at his lowest and can’t believe in hisself ’cause the world done whipped him so! When you starts measuring somebody, measure him right, child, measure him right. Make sure you done taken into account what hills and valleys he come through before he got to wherever he is.”
I think all of us should listen to Mama.