Today's Reflection

By love Christians should be known and distinguished. The identity of a Christian is not his name and pious practices, but love. “Look, how they love,” people commented about the early Christians. Jesus gave us this new commandment: We need to love others as he loved us. It is an unconditional and sacrificial love. He has shown by his own example that the greatest love a person can show is by dying for others. Jesus showed his love for us sinners by undergoing the terrible suffering and death. In the context of Rohingya issue Pope Francis reminded the people in Myanmar that Jesus did not teach “by long speeches or by grand demonstrations of political or earthly power but by giving His life on the cross…we need to remember that we have a sure compass before us, in the crucified Lord…we think that healing can come from anger and revenge. Yet the way of revenge is not the way of Jesus. Jesus’ way is radically different. When hatred and rejection led him to His passion and death, He responded with forgiveness and compassion.” Love calls for a new way of thinking, seeing, behaving and of interacting with other people desiring their well –being even at the cost of our own. The reading from Revelation puts it rightly, “I am making everything new.” The gospel of love can create a new earth and heaven. We have a role to play-spread love.                    


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