Weekly Word

Weekly Word

“As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete. This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. (John 15:9 – 13)

As we continue into the sixth week of Easter, the paschal candle burns brightly, as we delve further into spring. The hallelujahs offered at the beginning of April might be a little lacklustre, and dwindling, as the candle becomes less prominent as it burns down while we move toward Ascension and Pentecost.

Jesus’ words in John’s Gospel which we hear this Sunday remind us of the challenge Jesus offered to his disciples in the hours before his arrest, torture, sentencing and execution. Jesus was earnest in his dialogue, to share with disciples and friends that we need to abide in the presence and love of God. This involves care for the other, sacrifice of self, and acceptance of life in covenant with God.

For me, I see that care for other, sacrifice of self, and acceptance of life in covenant with God is much simpler when I am not in conflict or in chaos. Everything is easy on a sunny day. Life breathes easier, tasks get fulfilled in due order, and peace abounds.

For me, I recognize that as an individual, and as one who lives within and leads communities, conflict and chaos hold potential each day, and perhaps each moment. It’s not that we are all in the upstairs room each day, waiting for betrayal, arrest, torture, sentence, and execution as God had in Christ Jesus. Yet, living in community produces the natural challenges of differing views in dialogue.

I pray that we breathe, we hear the words of Jesus in this Scripture, extolling us to abide in the presence of God’s love, and to let go own agendas, so that the work of God can continue to abound and transform the world into the place and the community that God would intend.




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