Reading: John 13
34 ‘A new command I give you: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.’
Even today I can believe the love of God and forgive my enemies only by going back to the cross of Christ, to the carrying out of the wrath of God. The cross of Jesus is valid for all.
The love of Jesus Christ for us—what is that?
To us, is it only a word? Or have we experienced it? Only those who have experienced it can, in turn, love others with this love. Jesus’ love — that is love that comes from eternity and leads toward eternity. It does not cling to temporal things but surrounds us, because we are supposed to be eternal. It lets nothing stop it, for it is God’s eternal faithfulness to us. Jesus’ love — that is love that shrinks from no pain, no renunciation, no suffering, if it helps the other person. It is the love with which he loved us solely for our person. It is the love with which he loved us solely for our own sake, with which on earth he took upon himself mockery and hatred and died on the cross. Jesus’ love is love that takes upon itself the cross. Jesus’ love—that is love that is for us as we are. As a mother loves her child as it is — and the greater the need, the greater the love, because she knows that the child requires her love — such is the love of Jesus for us. He accepts us as we are.