A Life of Love

Today, the Church begins the Easter Triduum. It is the climax or the apex of the Catholic Liturgical Calendar, the source and summit of the life of the Church. That is the reason why, despite the inhibitions on our movement, we ought to make time and join Christ’s faithful via the various media and internet outlets to celebrate this mystery of our salvation. Today also marks the institution of the Holy Eucharist, Christ’s own Body and Blood, and the Institution of the Holy Priesthood.

Today, Jesus Christ eats His last meal with the disciples before His suffering and death on the Cross. Thus it is called the Last Supper. While at table, Jesus gives His disciples a new commandment: “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.” This command of love is not new in essence, but new in the standard with which we are to keep it.

In this new command of love, we are not looking at our ability to measure how we are to love, when we are to love and why or whether we are to love this person or that person. The standard is no longer ‘as you love yourself’ but as Christ has loved as. The standard is simply Christ. The question then is: “How can I love like Christ in this particular situation?”

Jesus makes this part of His last discourse because it is the essence of any follower of Christ or every son or daughter of God, for love is the nature of God. The moment God ceases to love, he will cease to be God. Mathematically we can say if Y is God, and X is love, thus Y = X. The moment the value of X changes we can’t say Y = X.

If we are to grade ourselves in terms of percentage, where will you place yourself, especially using the duration within this pandemic? How much have you loved? Casting our mind to the standard, Jesus Christ, He loved to the point of laying down his life for us. How far are we ready to go for one another?

Today, pray for a deeper love and faith in the Holy Eucharist. Ask the lord to remove the veil so you can see the glory and beauty of the Holy Eucharist. Also say a prayer for all priests, especially those you have encountered in your life. Pray for the grace of faithfulness for them, most especially those you didn’t enjoy your encounter with, that they may have a renewed oil.
(Exodus 12:1-8,11-14; Ps. 116; 1Cor. 11:23-26; 1 Jn. 13:1-15)


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