“My children, I will be with you for a little while longer. Then you will look for me, but you won’t find me. I tell you just as I told the people, ‘You cannot go where I am going.’ But I am giving you a new command. You must love each other, just as I have loved you. If you love each other, everyone will know that you are my disciples.” – John 13:33-35 (CEV)
A new command: Love each other. New, and yet as ancient as the very breath of God that brought all things into being. The summation of all the law. The vision of the prophets. The Imago Dei…the very image of God in which we are created: Love.
If you are participating in our weekly Lenten fast, or even if you’re just following along, I hope you’ll let Jesus’ words in his final hours soak into you as we enter Holy Week and the final stage of our sojourn. Will we as the church be known by our sanctimonious proclamations, our political ravings, our pettiness? Or will we be seen as true disciples?
Our journey to the cross nears its end. An end in which we find our very beginnings. And through it all the words of Jesus echo in our minds and hearts: “Love each other, just as I have loved you.”