April 23, 2016

5th Sunday of Easter - C


A Commandment and an Example

At the wedding at Cana, Jesus told his mother that his hour had not yet come.

Now, the moment marked by Judas' leaving, is the moment of Jesus' hour. [1]  This is the hour when “God is glorified.”

The climax of God's glory is not the miraculous signs [2] Jesus performs, nor his powerful preaching.

The cross is the supreme act of God's love.

The cross is not just a sign. It is the reality of God's love, the love so great that the only Son of God died a criminal death for the life and salvation of all humanity.

Such is the extent of God's love.

Having so loved us, now Jesus invites us to love one another “as I have loved you.”

And like Jesus, when we love, we glorify God.

[1] Francis J. Moloney, SDB., The Gospel of John, Sacra Pagina Series. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1988; p. 385.
[2] The Gospel of John uses the word “sign” instead of “miracles” used in the other Gospels.

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