Gospel Reflection for May 6

Gospel (Jn 13:31-33a, 34-35)

When Judas had left them, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him. If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and God will glorify him at once. 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.”


In this passage of John’s gospel, Jesus will soon be condemned to death. He knows that his life is in danger and his time on earth is short. Before he goes, he gives his disciples a new commandment, really a final blessing: “As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.” He doesn’t just say “love one another”, rather love one another “as I have loved you”. What does it mean to love as Jesus loved? Read the rest of this entry »