Fifth Sunday Easter (Cycle C)
If the Cross is the sign of the Christian, Love is the identifying mark. Love and the Cross go together.
In today’s gospel the Lord opens His heart to the disciples. His time is running out and He has much to tell them still. And so there is an urgency in His words. He wants the disciples—and us—to know how we must be recognized as His followers, and the answer is love, the love with which He loved us, a sacrificial love. Odd as it seems, Christ is glorified by the Cross, the throne from which He reigns, the throne from which He shows His love. And so the commandment: “As I have loved you, so you also should love one another”(Jn 13:34).
It seems strange that during the Easter Season the Church invites us to ponder on the words of the Lord at the Last Supper. But if we consider them as Jesus’ last will, then it is good that we bring them to mind now; for we must carry them out until the end of time: “This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (Jn 13:35).
God bless you!