Loving Like Jesus

“Children, let us love not in word or speech
but in deed and truth.”

Words from our First Reading today, the First Letter of John.

It’s one thing to say we love Jesus.
It’s another thing to act like we love Jesus.

Why do we love him anyway?

It’s not because he walked on water.
Not because he multiplied fishes and loaves.
Not because he healed or raised people from the dead.
Not because he exorcised demons.

These are all remarkable, supernatural feats. But not things that inspire love.

We love Jesus because of his love for us.
We love Jesus because of his mercy.
We love Jesus because he showed us how to love the most unlovable people of his time:

Tax collectors
Adulterers
Samaritans
His own executioners

How do we love the person who hates us?
How do we love the person who is unlovable?
How do we love the person who hurts us?

We are only able to do it through him, who lives in us.
How else could they be loved
but by him, through us?

That’s the only way.

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