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Monday, March 25, 2013
Today’s Reading | John 13:31–35
When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (NRSV)
When I was very young I believed I could fly high into the air. I would sneak into our backyard, jump on top of the roof of our garage, and with a mighty leap soar into the sky. I can easily recall the feeling of flying over the trees and houses, hundreds of feet in the air, with only my arms outstretched to guide me along. I loved every moment, but would eventually return if I thought I had been gone for too long. I suppose it was the welcoming embrace of my parents that brought me back to earth each time I decided to fly away; otherwise I could have flown anywhere my heart desired.
Someday we will all fly away into the welcoming arms of God, who loves each one of us with an absolute and overwhelming love. Jesus could accept death even on the cross knowing that God loved him so much that God had prepared a place for him in heaven. So it is for each of us, God has prepared a place in heaven for everyone, and we can be confident that the love of God transcends and transforms all that we know here on earth.
Believing that God has prepared a place for everyone in heaven, how then can we not treat each other as children of God, created of light and always belonging to that light no matter when or where we are? In his final days on earth Jesus urged us to “love one another just as I have loved you.” The love that surrounded me growing up caused me to return home when I flew away, but the love of God changes me and those around me every day. Someday we will all let go of this earthly realm and the love of God will bring us home.
O love, that will not let me go, let me love with the same love that holds me. Let that love be my light to carry me home. Amen.
Written by John W. W. Sherer, Organist and Director of Music
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