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Association of the Miraculous Medal
Weekly Gospel Reflection
Fr. Luke passed away on August 10. Prior to his illness, he had prepared gospel reflections for each Sunday of the Liturgical year. We will continue to share his wisdom and faith.
Besides her great privilege of being the Mother of God, Mary was also her Son’s first disciple. She is often called the Model, or Exemplar of the Church. Following her example, we walk with her through the Gospels as we reflect on her response to God in her life.

May 19, 2019—Fifth Sunday of Easter

  John 13:31-35

Father Oscar Lukefahr, C.M.

Before an American soldier was deployed to Iraq, he told his eight-year-old son: “I’m going to be away for a long time. I’m going to Iraq.” “Why?” his son asked. “Don’t you know there’s a war going on over there?”

Daddy knew. He was going because there was a war, and he wanted to help defeat the enemy. Jesus faced a similar situation in this Sunday’s gospel (from John’s account of the Last Supper). Jesus tells his apostles he is leaving them, not for Iraq, but for the cross. He wants to defeat evil, not with the sword, but with love. He gives them, and us, the command: “Love one another as I have loved you.”

How does Jesus love us? How can we love like him?

First, Jesus’ love is UNSELFISH. Human love often has an element of selfishness. Not the love of Jesus. He gave everything, even his life, and asked nothing in return. He did not hold back love even from those who nailed him to the cross. He shows us how to love unselfishly.

Second, Jesus’ love is SACRIFICIAL. There was no limit to his love. If love meant the cross, Jesus was ready to embrace it. Our love sometimes balks when we think others are asking too much. Jesus challenges us to rise to the heights of sacrificial love.

Third, Jesus’ love is FORGIVING. He loved his apostles, knowing they would abandon him when he needed them most. Yet he did not hold this against them, and loved them anyway. Our love must also be forgiving. Family members can irritate us with faults and failings. Being human, they fall short of our expectations. Jesus, who taught us to pray, “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us,” invites us to imitate his forgiving love.

And all will know that we are Jesus’ disciples when we love one another as he has loved us.

Read last week's reflection.