I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” . John 13:34-35
The Giver and the Recipients. The Giver, Our Blessed Lord. The recipients are all His disciples. Are there words to describe the silence that occurred at that moment Jesus gave to His disciples this new commandment? That moment of knowledge that Jesus held of His disciples and in turn the disciples’ astonishment that they were given a new commandment of love to go out and live up to the expectation of Jesus.
Some might find adhering to this new commandment of love challenging, yet this commandment will bring out the truthfulness of Jesus’ loving and protective heart for all of us in giving us the strength we so need to love one another. Jesus’ love comes with action that is, to pay more attention to the needs of others, more so, children who go hungry all day; refugees desiring a better home not only for themselves but for all their families, babies starving to death.
May the blessing of this Advent season fill our hearts with gratefulness for the gift of this new commandment of love.