May 19, 2019 5th Sunday of Easter-C
Acts of the Apostles 14:21-27
“As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.” John 13:34
Lord, loving others as you have loved me seems an impossible task. You are God so how can I, a sinful human being, possibly attain your level of love? Yet you gave us this new commandment for a reason. All I need do to see how much you love us is to gaze at a crucifix. Before your suffering and death one of your last acts of love was that you washed your disciples’ feet. Maybe that is a good place for me to start. Perhaps, instead of giving up loving like you do is such a high bar, I can start by washing the feet of those you have put into my life. There is someone in my family that is struggling with a relationship. I could be an agent of healing. I know a friend who is divorced and is losing hope for happiness. I could encourage her. There is a coworker who has lost a child. I can be a good listener in his grief. I can visit the lonely and pray for those addicted or incarcerated. Above all, I need your help, dear Jesus, to begin to love like you. Amen.