Fifth Sunday of Easter
Today’s second reading from Revelation and the Gospel reading from John help us to understand the radical nature of Christ’s message of love. Revelation tells us that the sea, the symbol of the chaos of the past, is no more. The new Jerusalem has come down from heaven and is joined to humanity for all time.
Christ is now here, dwelling within each of the baptized in a radical new way. Christ gives us the new commandment to love each other as He loves us. When we love, we reveal Christ’s presence among us.
This is a love beyond any human concept of love. It is a love that has no concern for cost, a love that calls us to feed the hungry, comfort the afflicted, and grant mercy to enemies. Our baptism demands that we radically love one another as God loves us. This love is our work, the work of the Christ’s church on earth.
How does God call you this week to bring the love of Christ to others?