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.”
Today we hear from Jesus, a message about love, and
perhaps we might be inclined to think: “Now love
is something I can sure relate to.” After all,
there are expressions of love all around us throughout
our life. The joy and wonder of the love that a
newly wedded couple have for each other, and how such a
love can sustain them for many years to come; the tender
love a mother and father have for their newborn child, a
life born because of their love for each other.
There are expressions of love for parents, grandparents,
grandchildren, brothers and sisters, and the friends we
have in our life. We enhance our love up with
Christmas trees and presents, with Easter baskets and
chocolate bunnies, with red roses and chocolates hearts
on Valentines Day, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day,
Secretary’s Day, Birthdays and Anniversaries; all of
which include expressions of love like a hug, a kiss, or
a warm embrace, or perhaps a gift.
As wonderful as these expressions of love are,
they are expressions born out of our deep feelings
associated with love. But sometimes these feelings can
just come and go. They may not always last unless they
are rooted in the level of love that Jesus talks about
today in this reading. He talks about remaining in his
love by keeping his commandments, for that’s how he
remains in his Father’s love, by keeping His
commandments, which result in Jesus giving up his life
for us. His expression of love was then, born out of a
commitment, a decision to love, a conscious decision to
lay down his life for all of us, which reflected his
love for us, because he called us his friends.
And now love is associated with the expression
of love for his disciples as friends. We too, are his
disciples, his friends. And so how do we love?
Certainly with all the previous mentioned expressions of
love. But on a level that really means anything more?
That really sets us apart as friends, by keeping his
commandments? For, therein lies the challenge. We are
asked to put ourselves on the line for the sake of
friendship, to be willing to give our all so we can
remain in Jesus’ love, to love one another, to decide to
love one another despite differences, races, creeds,
weaknesses, strengths; to love one another because
deciding takes the most effort and is not based on a
How we feel is who we
are at any given moment, and that is the real us at that
moment, but how we react to those feelings determine if
it results in a decision to love, despite those
feelings. The love that Jesus has for us and that the
Father had for him is a "perfect" love. We are not
capable, as human beings, to achieve such a love on our
own merit, if ever. We are only asked to strive to love
in such a way as best we are able to. My best may be
less than another’s best, but the fact that I try to
love, as Jesus calls me to love is all that is
important, and so it is with each person, only to be
understood and defined by that person as that person is
living the commandments that Jesus taught.
human love must be a response to the commandments that
Jesus taught. That is not to say that our response will
necessarily come from our own direct understanding of
those commandments, for there are many ways that our
Lord’s commandments are taught, or that people have come
to know His love by. For example it may be because of
another’s person’s own knowledge and understanding.
Certainly, as a child, I did not have such
understanding, but through the guidance of my parents
and by their love that was made possible, until an age
that I was able to understand. And it has been a life
long journey of understanding. And perhaps, aside from
the scripture message itself, our life experience
continues to give us more and more opportunities to
realize those commandments. In the end, as Jesus himself
showed us, living out the call to love is the greatest
way to share it.
Deciding to love as Jesus decided to do . . . is living
out that commandment to love!
We will only
know and achieve "perfect love" in Heaven.
Deacon Steve A. Politte
May 1st, 2016
Back To Me"
Come Back To Me from
Steve Politte on
Her heartbeat was my lullaby,
As I grew into a new life to be.
She was careful never to hurt me,
Because I was already a living child, you see.
I could hear the voices around me,
Sometimes she would sing in a voice so sweet.
I think that she called herself “Mommy” to me.
She is someone I can’t wait to meet.
Sometimes in the night I’d get rowdy,
And she’d rub me with a soft loving touch.
She tells me that it will be alright,
And says that she already loves me so much.
She speaks to me always about Jesus,
And how He was the One who sent me to be
Her baby that she and someone she called “Daddy”,
Would soon become a sweet family.
Then one day things started changing,
I didn’t really know what to do.
So I just tried to cooperate,
Because I could tell this was something very new.
The sounds were much louder and clearer.
There was brightness and everything was real loud.
I heard them say “It is a girl!” and she whispered to
Your Daddy will be so very proud!
What I learned is that they were my Mommy and Daddy,
And it was God who sent me to be
The child that they had prayed for,
And I was as delighted as they seemed be.
On this Mother’s Day, I hope that she
She was the most wonderful Mommy in the world!
To have her heartbeat as my first lullaby,
Made me so glad that I was her Baby Girl.
Written by Karen Bunker
© May 7, 2012
I LOVE YOU, MOM!