So I also love you. Our Gospel today shows one of the few instances where Jesus told his disciples explicitly, “I love you.” It might seem like impossible that Jesus did not say it more often. I looked for scripture passages that show Jesus saying “I love you” to his disciples or other people but I did not find many. There were instances where the scriptures implied Jesus’ love for the people e.g. “…the disciple whom Jesus loved…” or “… Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus…” but few verses actually had Jesus saying “I love you.”
Thinking more about it, I realized that Jesus DID say “I love you” a lot! He did it not through His words but more through His actions. I think it is important for us to be always reminded that professing love to someone or professing faith in God is not just about speaking the words but also and more importantly, it is about doing the deeds. So let us be more aware of our actions and consciously make an effort to say “I love you” to God and to one another through our acts of charity and service to one another.
Now, I would like you to imagine Jesus Christ telling you personally “I love you,” close your eyes if you need to… I believe it will lead you to automatically think of the way He showed His love for you and probably you will even see an image of the crucifix. Now think of how you can love Him back. Together, let us do our best to truly love Him back.
In Christ, Fr. Maro