Monday, March 21, 2016

John 13:1-17, 31b-35

Year C - Maundy Thursday or Courage Thursday
March 24, 2016

Jesus has already given four “love” commandments (presuming that love can be commanded).
     Love G*D with all ya got,
     Love your Neighb*r as you
     Love your Self, and
     Love your Enemy (meaning they are no longer your enemy though you may be their enemy)

In some sense this is a sequence that moves from easier to harder and it may be important to move through the list in the opposite direction.

Here we come to the most difficult of the love commands: Love each other.

This is the way others will know we are partners with Jesus’ partners as well as with Jesus. It is not that this is unique to Jesus, but that this is the visible evidence of a community of partners. The other four commands tend toward individual behaviors.

This becomes clearer as the evening and next day come around. Folks run. Solidarity crumbles. Creation quakes.

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