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Reflection by Revd Fiona Brown
May 9th 2021
Jesus continues with his farewell discourses to his disciples.
Read St John’s Gospel chapter 15 verses 9 – 17
As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you: continue in my love. If you keep my commandments, you shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.These things have I spoken to you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
This is my commandment, That you love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends, if you do whatever I command you. From now on I call you not servants; for the servant does not know not what his lord does: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known to you.
You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that you should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
These things I command you, that you love one another.
Love is a matter of will. It takes effort. Sometimes it’s easy and instinctive, like when a baby is born, but at other times it’s a real effort because we have been hurt. And yet when it is real it’s the love that heals the hurt and we forgive (or are forgiven.) Love conquers fallings out.
God has always loved us, whether we think ourselves lovable or not. We have not earned his love. It is a gift. It’s a gift without strings, but when we recognise the enormity of this gift we realise that there is an obligation for us to pass that love on. Jesus tells us to love one another as he has loved us. He tells us to love each other. God’s love is too good to keep to ourselves.
Loving God, thank you for you great love demonstrated to us in Jesus. Show us how to pass that love on and give us the will to do so. Strengthen us by your Holy Spirit. Forgive us when we have failed to love others as you have loved us. Amen.
Read STF 249 Jesu, Jesu, fill us with your love
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