Sharing LOVE: That’s our Mission!

Weekly Missionary Reflection
Easter Week VI, 9 May 2021

Acts 10:25-26,34-35,44-48; Ps. 98:1,2-3ab,3cd-4; 1John 4:7-10; John 15:9-17

The metaphor of farmer, vine and branches of last week is concreted today in a chain of love. The Father begins the love, the Son continues it, thus we too have to share the love. Those are the main three points of our reflection. First, Father begins the chain of love (v. 9). God is love, so true love flows from Him. He is like the vine grower who cultivates, nurtures and cleans the love. The Father gives the love to Jesus, His beloved Son. The loving unity of the Father and the Son is truly unique that the Father reveals Himself personally in the Son. He reveals Himself in and through His Son’s words and works. The Father told His son all His secrets (v. 15). Love, commandment and word from the Father remain in His Son. Therefore, His Son himself affirms that “The Father and I are one” (John 10:30) and “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9).

Second, Jesus, the Son, responded Father’s love with His obedience. He obeyed all commandments of His Father (v. 10) to reveal Father’s love to the humans who live in darkness. Jesus responded His Father’s love and shared His love to us as His disciples. How did He share and spread Father’s love? By choosing us (v. 16) to be His friends (v. 14). He is the one who took the initiative to choose us to be His friends. The friendship is His gift and present, not because of our merit or choice. No more secret lies between true friends. Therefore, Jesus also reveals all Father’s secrets and mysteries to us as His disciples and friends. He reveals the mystery of Father’s love through His preaching and works, and especially through His total surrendering Himself to His death on the cross.

Third, for we have experienced Father’s love through Jesus, we too have to share that love to our neighbor. How? By following Jesus’ pattern in responding His Father’s love, that is: carrying out His commandments. Jesus’ only commandment is: “love one another” (v. 12 and 17). That is our mission and task which is affirmed by Jesus today: “I appointed you to go and bear fruit” (v. 16). The mission of sharing love is not a choice that can or can not be done, but it is an assignment and a must. It is interesting how “love” and “commandment” duet in today’s reflection. Christian love is not merely about emotion and affection, but mainly about commitment, obedience, struggling and sacrifice to the cross. We are sent to this world to share the true love, so that more people can experience and participate in this chain of love. Those are the fruits that we can bear in this world as Jesus’ friends. If that happens, then Jesus’s pray to the Father that we can be one in love is fulfilled (John 17:20-23). Love is the only indication of our identity as Jesus’s followers, it is also the core of all our prays.

(Hortensius Mandaru – Indonesia Bible Society, Jakarta)

DAILY DEDICATED PRAYER

Lord, our Father, I present my today prayer, thought, word, work, joy and sorrow in the unity with Your Son, Jesus Christ, who always presents Himself in the Eucharist for the world salvation. May the Holy Spirit, as the soul of Jesus, also lead and give me the strength today so that I am ready to be the witness of Your love.

Together with St. Mary, Mother of Jesus and the Church, I specially present my prayer to our Pope and Indonesian Church prayer apostles of this month:

For Evangelization intention:
The Finance: Let us pray for those who are working in Finance Dept. in order to cooperate with the government to manage the finance and protect the people from danger. We pray …

For Indonesian Churches intention:
For labors: May the government and entrepreneurs find a way to overcome the crisis of unemployment and do their best to prevent layoff. We pray …

Special Intention for the year of St. Joseph:
Please send St. Joseph as the patron saint for our labors, so they can perform their task in the family and society, and find happiness in their job. We pray…

Amen

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