May 8, 2015 Acts 15: 22-31; John 15: 12-17
Jesus cuts to the chase in today’s Gospel. The message … “Love one another” … is crystal clear. It is also a considerable challenge.
In the first reading … we see how the early Christian community struggled to live that message. They experienced conflict over how to include non-Jewish Christians into the early Church … how to balance their new way of living with appropriate application of Mosaic Law.
The leaders of the early Church … Peter … Paul … and others relied on guidance from the Holy Spirit and love for one another to solve such conflicts. What would Jesus do … was likely a prime consideration in making the decisions needed to create equity within the emerging Christian community.
Love one another … is still the message. The message is clear and should drive our response … whether to large and global issues … or to personal and private issues.
Jesus tells us … we are His friends …if we do what He commands. The challenge for us is often “how”. How do we apply that command to love … in this day and age?
Let us rely on the Holy Spirit and our love for one another … just as the early Christians did … to live what Jesus taught.