First Reading: Acts: 14: 21-27
Psalm Response: Psalm 145: 8-13
Second Reading: Revelations 21: 1-5a
Gospel: John 13: 31-35
Paul and Barnabas served as models for discipleship.We are called to travel: outside of our comfort zones, outside of our neighborhoods, states, even countries; called to proclaim: the saving grace of God, the unconditional love of Jesus and the gifts of the Spirit; called to pray: praising God with thanks and adoration; called to fast: ” living simply so others may simply live” and finally called together: to share with one another the greatest commandment, “ love one another as I have loved you. This is how all will know you are my disciples.”
In today’s scripture, Jesus tells us to love one another as he has loved us. Of course, Jesus’ love is greater than we can even imagine … but he is telling us to follow his example. Jesus loves us unconditionally. He wants us to love others unconditionally—not based on personality or looks or behavior or even our feelings. When we love as Jesus loved, we are recognized as his disciple.
Do others recognize me as a disciple of Jesus?
Loving God, you who makes all things new, change us, transform us. Make us new, so that we can welcome your Kingdom when it comes in its fullness, when everything old has passed away. Forgive us for all the tears we have caused, and wipe away all the tears we have shed. Help us, O God, as followers of Jesus, to persevere in our faith, to risk spreading your word, to risk loving those whom others think worthy of love, and to take chances by doing good to those who have hurt us. We praise you for your never-ending and limitless love and mercy.
Carolyn Meyer, Associate