May 18, 2019
5th Sunday of Easter - C (May 19, 2019)
“As I Have Loved You”
We are familiar with the commandment “Love your neighbors as yourself.” In this Gospel, however, Jesus sets a new standard, “As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.”
Jesus gave this new standard during the Last Supper, “when Judas had left them.” This details gives us the context of “the hour” of the crucifixion. It is also the hour when one of Jesus’ friends betrayed him, and the others abandoned him.
The moment of the cross is the climax of Jesus’ love for us. Jesus loves us not because we deserve his love.
And that is the standard of love that Jesus gives us: “As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.”
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