Prior to his suffering and death on the cross for the redemption of the world, the Savior gave His disciples and all who would follow him one command. It summarizes His expectations – “This I command you, love one another, as I have loved you.” The command to love one another is not, however, a requirement, which the disciple can fulfill by his or her, own power, apart from Christ. He explains this saying: “I am the Vine, you are the branches… apart from me you can do nothing.”
His idea was very simple – if we continue to spread His unlimited love around us as His disciples we must draw strength from Him. Apart from Him we are false prophets. In other words, Christ chose us to bear fruits of love. But the branch bears fruit only because it is attached to the vine. Our annual Eucharistic Devotion invites us to adore Jesus present among us in our hearts but first of all in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar. We are reminded that we are called to love God and one another and that we are invited to imitate Christ in his love, because we are part of Him – He is the Vine, we are branches.
During these three days – Sunday, MOnday, Tuesday – we should find out — is our love for Jesus and one another a genuine love? Jesus said once “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven.” These words could be paraphrased — “Not everyone who says to me, ‘I love you Lord, I love your Lord’ truly loves me… ”
What are the signs of true and genuine love? Among them are – sharing and giving. Jesus shares with us His own life; He gives us His body for spiritual food. How much are we able to offer Him in return? How much do we share with our brothers and sisters?
Come to the church for short adoration. Look at the Blessed Sacrament and try to see Christ’s face in that consecrated host. Look straight into Christ’s eyes and then ask – do I share enough of myself with you, Jesus?
There were two brothers who loved each other and worked together on the family farm. One was married and had a large family. The other was single. At the day’s end the brothers shared everything equally, produce and profit. Then one day the single brother said to himself – It is not right that we share everything. I am alone, my needs are simple. So each night he took a sack of grain from his bin and crept across the field, dumping it into his brother’s bin.
Meanwhile, the married brother said to himself. It is not right, that we should share everything. I am married and have my wife and children to look after me for years to come. My brother has no one. So each night he took a sack of grain from his bin and crept across the field, dumping it into his brother’s bin.
Both men were puzzled for years because their supply of grain never dwindled. Then one dark night the two brothers bumped into each other. Slowly it dawned on them what was happening. They embraced each other.
“This I command you”, he said, “love one another, as I have loved you.”
Come to adore Jesus. November 7-9, 2010.