The theme of today’s Mass is clearly love, a love that reaches out to others without expecting anything in return – Such is the love of God for his creation.  God’s love is poured out in abundance on every single creature, and it continues to flow out whether there is a response or not.  God is love it is his very nature; he cannot not love, and “wherever there is love, there is God”, wherever there is trust, compassion, justice, true freedom and peace, God is certainly there.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus gives us just one commandment.  He does not say, “Love Jesus or love God as I have loved you”.  No, he says, “If you want to be my disciple, then you must love one another as I have loved you”.  If we really love our brothers and sisters – including strangers and even enemies, we do not have to worry if we love God.  But if we do not love everyone unconditionally, then there is no other way I can claim to love Jesus.  I need to love those God loves – and God loves every single person, without exception.

The most important thing is, is not that I am very clever, very successful, very rich, very famous.  The most important thing is that I am someone who really loves.  When I genuinely love others, there will always be some who really respond in love.  And it may be that to reach out in love has empowered them to be loving too.  To be able to reach out in love, and to experience being loved, is God’s greatest grace.

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