Love one another as I have loved you

In John’s Gospel (15: 12-17) today, Jesus commands us to ‘Love one another as I have loved you’.  Fr Paul says this is the only time Jesus gives a command – not a request, not a hope, not a recommendation. Jesus explicitly commands us to love one another and goes on to give an explanation of what this love looks like.

Fr Paul tells us that Jesus is not describing a master-servant relationship but a friendship. Jesus asks us to love as friends should love – sharing everything with trust, openness and honesty.

Importantly, he also points out that the extent of Jesus’ love for us is boundless – there’s no greater love than to lay one’s life down for one’s friends.

In the context of Jesus calling us his friends, Fr Paul invites each of us to consider – How am I in my life fulfilling the command Jesus has given us, to love one another?