In this morning’s Gospel, Jesus uses two very significant two-syllable words. The first is “as”. "This is my commandment: Love one another as I love you." Jn 15:12 The cause of our Easter joy is that the strength of Jesus’ victory over sin and death is such that he has bestowed on us the capacity to love one another “as” he loves us. The second word is “if”. "You are my friends if you do what I command you." Jn 15:14 If we take up this challenge to love, we are caught up with him in the delight of fellowship and communion. We are his friends. And we abide in that communion still if when we fail we humbly accept him as reconciling love by acknowledging our sins and asking his forgiveness.
Reflection on today's Gospel by Father Timothy.