• Wartakanlah Injil kepada segala makhluk.
    Mrk 16:15

  • 你们往普天下去, 向一切受造物宣传福音
    谷 16:15

  • Everything is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit’s Grace.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • Segala sesuatu menjadi mungkin dalam kekuatan karunia Roh Kudus.
    St. Arnold Janssen

  • 我当传教士不是为主牺牲,而是上主给我的最大恩赐
    圣福若瑟神父

  • Với sức mạnh Ân Huệ của Chúa Thánh Thần, Mọi việc đều có thể được.
    St Arnoldus Janssen

  • Preach the Gospel to the whole creation./Anh em hãy đi khắp tứ phương thiên hạ, loan báo Tin Mừng cho mọi loài thọ tạo
    Mk 16:15

  • There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit.
    1 Cor 12:4

  • And the Word became flesh and lived among us.
    Jn 1:14

  • Let the word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.
    Col 3:16

  • To proclaim the Good News is the first and greatest act of love of neighbour.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • 传扬天国福音是第一且最大的爱近人行动
    圣杨生•爱诺德神父

  • Có nhiều đặc sủng khác nhau, nhưng chỉ có một Thần Khí/
    1 Cor. 14:4

  • 圣言成了血肉,寄居在我们中间
    若 1:14

  • Ada rupa-rupa karunia, tetapi Roh satu
    1 Kor 12:4

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Friday, 17 May 2019 10:50

Fifth Sunday of Easter - 2019

Written by Fr Elmer Ibarra SVD

 

Fifth Sunday of Easter
John 13:31-35

Fr Elmer Ibarra 150 BestLove is a word that we always hear. Every time we hear the word love our eyes light up and somehow our heart beats just a little bit faster. However, the word love is one of the most misunderstood and one of the most abused words, in my opinion.In the gospel for today, Jesus is not only asking us to love one another but is actually commanding us to love one another. Isn’t it strange? Many of us think that love is this wonderful feeling towards another human being. Love is this inexplicable emotion that makes us feel light and happy. Love is a feeling that makes our eyes twinkle a little bit brighter and make us do things that we would rather not do in ordinary circumstance. So what is this “commandment” that Jesus is giving us?

Jesus is asking us to love, not just a matter of feeling or infatuation, but love in its purest form and that is a decision. It is a love that would make you wake up early in the morning to prepare lunches for your husband and children. It is a love that would make you work overtime so that you send some money to your family overseas. It is a love that that would make you go out of your way to help an ailing relative and attend to his or her needs. This is the love that Jesus is talking about.

And there’s more, he is asking us to love one another even if that “another” is a person that we haven’t talked for a long time because of a misunderstanding years ago. He is asking us to love one another even if that “another” has stolen money from us when he is experiencing tough times. He is asking us to love one another even if that “another” is somebody that we have never met before. This is the love that Jesus is telling us to do. He is actually commanding us so that everyone will know that we are his disciples.

The secret of the early Church in converting so many pagans to Christianity is love. Love that respects one another. Love that treats each other equally. Love that goes to the needy even if you don’t know their names. As Tertullian, an historian has observed of the early Church, “the Romans would exclaim, ‘see how they love one another.’” This is how Jesus would want us to be known.

With this we are asked by Jesus, is our love only limited to those that we love or love us? Is our love only limited to a feeling? We love because we feel like loving? Or is our love extended to everybody, whether we know them or not, whether they love us or not, whether they are our enemy or not. Are we loving like what Jesus has commanded us?