Year C – Fifth Sunday of Easter – April 28, 2013 – Gospel Reflection

Acts 14:21-27; Psalm 145:8-9, 10-11, 12-13 (R/. cf. 1); Revelation 21:1-5a; John 13:31-33a, 34-35

Today’s Gospel begins, “When Judas had left them…”  We are at the Last Supper with Jesus, a few hours before he will be arrested, tried, condemned, and killed.  Following today’s Gospel is Jesus’ prediction of Peter’s denial.  Living between betrayal and denial, in his darkest hour, Jesus speaks of his glorification.  By his suffering, death, and resurrection, God will be glorified and God will glorify Jesus.  Jesus came for this “hour”.  At the dawn of this “hour,” Jesus gives a new commandment:  to love as he has loved, to give ourselves completely for each other, mirroring the love that Jesus has for all his disciples, past, present, and future.  The meaning of life, then, is to be found giving and receiving love. 

How are you called this week to bring the love of Christ to others? 

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