Why is it so hard now a days to practice the main point in Jesus’ teaching. Recent events such as the riots in Baltimore and Ferguson show how far we are from living up to the standard Christ has set for us. Racial intolerance, homophobia, and general dislike of other people permeate our society today. So called Christians such as the Westboro Baptist Church will picket fallen military personnel’s funerals and had even planned to picket the funeral of nine Amish children who were killed in a fire in Pennsylvania. How can this be Christianity? These actions go against all Christ has taught us and exemplified in his life.
Is this love, is this following Christ’s teaching? In today’s gospel Christ says “ This is my commandment : Love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this.” It sounds pretty simple doesn’t it? Christ’s commandment to us was love each other unconditionally as he loves us unconditionally. We may personally not like some of the things others do, but Christ implores us to love them and forgive them.
As true Christians we must enlighten people to the fact that Christ loves unconditionally. There is no “ I love you only if….” or “I love you only if you do this….” it is simply I love you and I accept you for who you are flaws and all because I myself am flawed. We can practice this in our daily lives by being more tolerant towards what we do not understand and by forgiving others short comings as we hope they will forgive them in us.
Just by showing kindness, acceptance, and love towards people of all religions and faiths we are helping to improve ourselves and truly practice what Christ teaches.
If we are truly to be disciples of Christ this would seem obvious wouldn’t it? To love one another with the purity and passion Christ has for us is the ultimate ideal. It takes much more emotional effort to hate and misunderstand then to love and accept. Love breeds love, hate breeds hate. Will we always be able to live up this ideal? Probably not, for we are human and not infallible like Christ was. All we can do is try to hold ourselves to Christ’s commandment and strive to succeed at all times.
Christ has chosen us to go forth and practice the love He has for us upon other people. By doing this we are tending a garden and by nurturing and loving this garden as He did we can insure that Christ’s message of love is spread and practiced throughout the world. “ This I command you : love one another.”
And in the words of Paul McCartney and John Lennon “ All you need is love!”
John 15: 9-17 Jesus said to his disciples: “As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love,
just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.
“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy might be complete. This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this,
to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing.
I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father. It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain,
so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.
This I command you: love one another.”