Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, instructs us in the Gospel this Sunday, just as He
instructed the Apostles at the Last Supper: “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” ( John 13:31-35). This
selfless, self-giving love would remain impossible if it were not for the love of Jesus
Christ. The fact that we can and we do love each other in such an incomparable way
may certainly move others to believe in Christ – in other words, when we, by God’s
grace, love one another the way that He loves us, we give witness to Him and we invite others to believe in and to follow Jesus Christ, the Only Savior of the world. God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit calls us each and every one of us to such a communion of love. We will realize the fulfillment of God’s love for us, and our love for Him and for
our neighbor, in His Kingdom in Heaven ( John 13:31-35; Revelation 21:1-5).
Saint Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997), founder of the Missionaries of Charity, lived this
love and wrote about such love (the following quotes are from A Little Book of Blessed Mother Teresa, Pauline Books, 2003; Mother Teresa: In My Own Words, Liguori, 1996):
- There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread.
- If we really want to love, we must learn to forgive before anything else.
- True love causes pain. Jesus, in order to give us the proof of His love, died on the Cross.
- A mother, in order to give birth to her baby, has to suffer.
- If you really love one another, you will not be able to avoid making sacrifices.
- The poor do not need our condescending attitude or our pity. They only need our love and our tenderness.
- Jesus is the Life I want to live, the Light I want to reflect, the Way to the Father, the Love I want to express, the Joy I want to share, the Peace I want to sow around me.
- Jesus is everything to me.
- If faith is scarce, it is because there is too much selfishness in the world, too much egoism. Faith, in order to be authentic, has to be generous and giving. Love and faith go hand in hand, for God is Love…
- God has created us so we do small things with great love. Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your own house… And this love should then reach everyone. We cannot all do great things, but we can do small things with great love.
- Jesus, I love You. Jesus, I trust in You… (the last words of Saint Teresa of Calcutta).
With peace and prayers in Christ,