Love one another – John 13:34
What would you say if you knew you had only one day left to live? The last words of a dying person tell us what he is most concerned about and what is most important to him. When Jesus told his disciples to love one another, he knew he didn’t have much time left. So this “new commandment” must have meant the world to him (John 13:34). Jesus knew his apostles were sinners. Nonetheless, he commanded them, as well as us, to do the one thing that sin, weakness, and selfishness find very hard: love one another.
Let’s not hold back our love or give it only to the people who are like us. Let’s also not allow the wrongs done to us keep us from loving. If Jesus had held onto everything that was done to him, he would have found no reason to sacrifice himself on the cross—the deepest and greatest love we will ever know.
Jesus knows that all the sin in the world and all the divisions that come from sin came about because love was either misplaced or lost. And so Jesus asks us to love so that we can undo the reign of sin.
Nowhere is this call to love more vital than in our own families. “Without family,” Pope Francis has said, “life grows empty.” So today, decide to make a difference in your family by expressing your love. Don’t let disagreements get the upper hand. Try to bring people together. If we can just express love and kindness at home, we’ll see challenges melt away!