Sunday, April 28, 2013

A Little Something Extra...Fifth Sunday in Easter

A New Commandment 

In today's Gospel, Jesus gives us a “new commandment” when He says, 

I give you a new commandment: love one another.
As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.
This is how all will know that you are My disciples,
if you have love for one another. 

Grab your prayer journal or a piece of paper, and spend a few minutes today reflecting on Jesus' words. You might use the questions below to get you started and/or to guide your meditation. 

1. Why is this a new commandment? (Keep in mind that the Greek word for new here is kainos. It refers to something “not merely recent but different from that which had been formerly” []). 

2. What does it mean to truly love someone? Is it merely about emotions, or is it something else? 

3. How does Jesus love us? 

4. How do you translate Jesus' love to others? 

5. How do you show yourself as Jesus' disciple through your love? 

6. Why is love an identifying condition for discipleship? 

7. Identify someone you love. How do you show your love to that person? What might you do to show your love in a special way over the next week? 

8. Identify someone you find it difficult to love. How might you show Jesus' love to that person this week? 

Lord Jesus, guide our hearts as we reflect on Your words and draw us ever closer to You.

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