Commentary for Sunday: V Easter

19 May 2019. V Easter

Although we are well into the Easter Season, the gospel this week, from St. John, places us in an atmosphere of farewell of Jesus and his disciples. At the time of the Last Supper, when Judas, the betrayer, has already left the upper room. Jesus feels that it is his time, time to glorify the Father, to fulfill his will, making his total surrender, and he addresses his friends at a time of deep intimacy. He gives them his final recommendations. He confides in them, he opens his heart and says to them: “By this they will know that you are my disciples, that you love one another.”

In the Old Testament, in the Law of Moses, it was commanded to love your neighbour as yourself. But Jesus, who is very knowledgeable of the human heart and its fragility, it seems that he perceives that the love of oneself can carry with it a component of selfishness, that there are people who have not understood well what it is to love others as oneself, because they understand it from their own comfort, from their own tastes or interests, from what I believe is right for me… Even, that love to yourself, you can leave much to be desired by not having care of one’s own body or even mistreating it through abuse.

The love that Jesus wants us to live is different. He tells us: “Love one another as I have loved you”. Without selfish reservations, with a total surrender, until death on the cross. A love that is giving of himself. “By this they will know that you are my disciples, that you love one another as I have loved you”. Only by having these same feelings of Jesus, we can fulfil the words of Revelation (second reading): “I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth have passed away.” It is the new life that awaits those who strive to follow the Risen Lord.

Juan Ramon Gomez Pascual, cmf


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