Monday, May 15, 2006

"Love one another as I have loved you"

Yesterday after church during a discussion of the Gospel reading from John in which Jesus was giving some final instructions to the disciples before he left them, the statement was raised that doing so can make us "happy."

So often we think of "commandments" only as burdens. How hard it is to love our enemies. How hard it is to always look to the needs of the poor and sick. So much work.

Work? Yes. But also great reward. We forget sometimes that doing these things can bring joy to our own hearts. They can give meaning to the lives we live. They nourish our soul.

It was nice to be reminded of this important perspective.


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