“NO ONE HAS GREATER LOVE THAN THIS, TO LAY DOWN ONE’S LIFE FOR ONE’S FRIENDS.” JN 15:12-17
Humbly submit your will to God (Thy Will be done) and consecrate yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary and Joseph.
Jesus said to his disciples:
“This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.
No one has greater love than this,
to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
You are my friends if you do what I command you.
I no longer call you slaves,
because a slave does not know what his master is doing.
I have called you friends,
because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father.
It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you
and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain,
so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.
This I command you: love one another.”
Jesus teaches us that the greatest love is to give up our life for another. The Catechism of the Catholic Church says, “Our lives were meant to be given away.” We are called to serve. We must empty ourselves and allow God to work through us. “It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain.” Matthew Kelly says, “Our God is a God of mission and purpose.” God made you and I for a purpose and gave us a mission at our baptism: reject Satan/grow in holiness and believe.
This is the mission for every baptized person. He made us for a specific purpose and mission. There is no other soul created with the same fingerprint as yours in all of history. You are completely unique. The world is so confused about love. The devil makes everything blurry. Christ makes everything clear.
True love is when we empty ourselves and become a servant to others. When we learn to do this, God’s commandments are no longer a strait jacket of rules that seem to take away our fun, but they are joy–Peter Kreeft. The saints found joy in their suffering and sacrifices because Jesus said, “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” What a difficult task! Bring yourself to God’s grace and rely on Him, His grace can do anything.
Today’s challenge: Lay down your life for Christ today by becoming poor in some area of your life, make yourself uncomfortable by putting rocks in your shoes, give without asking for anything in return, say the Stations of the Cross, watch a Youtube music video on Christ’s passion, sit before a crucifix in silence and allow Christ to speak to you
Be a servant (lay down your life for your friends), become a saint!