"By this everyone will know that you are my disciple, if you love one another." (John 13:35)
Is there something you "follow"? If so what, or who, is it? Do you "follow" a particular sports team, person or coach? During March Madness I was "following" Coach "K" - Duke. What about a movie series, a TV series, or actor? Is there something, or someone, on Facebook you "follow"? I seem to have gotten on the National Park "follow" list - I don't know how. I do know I "follow" two other "pages" because I decided to.
The Gospel reading this morning is a reminder to all of us about "following" Jesus. This conversation between Jesus and the Disciples is taking place in the Upper Room after Judas has left them. Jesus is pointing out the new commandment - to love one another. People will know we are Jesus' disciples because of the love we show to each other and to others. Like the hymn says "They will know we are Christians by our love, by our love."
The question is..... Do they? Do others see our love, everyday, for other people AND for ourselves? Can other people see, and understand, we are "followers" of Jesus Christ? As Caregivers, we are showing love by the way we are caring for "our" people but do we also show God's love to others? And one other thing to think about...... Are we as excited about "following" Jesus as we are about any of the other things we "follow" -- like the sports team, movie or actor? Something to think about........
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