Wednesday of Holy Week

I give you a new commandment, says the Lord: love one another as I have loved you.

John 13: 34

We’ve heard this statement many times, but how often do we stop and really think about what this means. Read the words of Jesus one more time, then think about what his love looks like.

The Son of God came down from heaven and walked among us. He ate with sinners, talked to tax collectors, healed those who were sick or in pain. Jesus taught us to love unconditionally, “just as the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28). The love of Jesus is so overwhelming and unending that he suffered unimaginable pain and anguish in dying for our sins. We are called to love one another with that same intensity. We are not asked to be crucified, but we are called to servant leaders. To be the hands of Christ in today’s world, to bring hope, peace, joy and love to everyone around us.

I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.