May 12, 2012

6th Sunday of Easter - B (May 13, 2012)

John 15: 9-17

As the Father Loves Me

The Greek word kaqwV (kathos) used by Jesus in John 15:9 is often translated into English as, even as, just as, or inasmuch as. [1]

The translation used in Catholic churches in the US for this verse is "As the Father loves me, so I also love you."

The word as here suggests both the reason and the degree of Jesus' love for his friends. 

Probably there will never be a translation that can perfectly convey the meaning of the word.  On the intelectual level, we as human beings can never fathom the reason nor the depth of God's love.

And so Jesus teaches us, not by verbal explanation, but by action.  He laid down his life for his friends.  That is the degree of Jesus' love.  He loves us so because, and as, the Father loves Him. 


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