"These things I command of you, that you love one another."
The commandment of love is the most import_ant and greatest commandment of God.
God is love, and all is expressed through love, because love is not just a word, or a slogan often in the mouth of many people, love is the driving force, giving strength, giving birth, giving life.
There is nothing above it.
Love formed the universe, set in motion the planets and stars, and gave life to all creatures.
The world, earth and humanity still exist thanks to this love. Love just builds unity, gives happiness and eternity.
This is why Jesus tells us to love one another. He does not say much about many other things that may seem import_ant to human concepts. You will notice Jesus does not provide many different commandments, precepts or give many other clues. He says only one thing--LOVE.
If you look at the whole Gospel, we can see it is a great message of love-- a book showing God's love.
Today's words Jesus directed towards His disciples, preparing them for the great mission of building the church. These words also direct us today, because we too have to build a church community. And, to make this building sustainable by God, it must be based on love, which is God.
Note that the instructions that are directed to our community constantly speak of love, as the only force that binds us together.
Jesus said the same words to the Apostles. They were called to do great Work, and on their shoulders rested the church, but on our shoulders it is to make its revival.
Today, Jesus says to each of us: "Love one another as I have loved you." It is a difficult task to love each other always and selflessly.
The world is trying to fight such a love. Pushing it as a "cheap commodity" and trying to call it love. The world says, live for the moment! Play! All you must! Only with such behavior it is hard to find true love, because selfishness reigns here. If this is good for me then I must leave the door open to myself and have a plan "B" in the event that adversity will come.
Friendship with Jesus does not guarantee us a convenient and comfortable life. However, we are guaranteed the mature joy that enters into our lives--a sense of happiness-- of fulfillment and mature love. All which will enable us to love and be loved, and to be confident that whatever we ask of God, in the name of Jesus Christ--His Son is true.
Could there ever be a more wonderful recipe for life than that which is a love for Christ?