Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

May 27, 2011
by

Megan Lightfoot

Freshman, Pre-Pharmacy

Acts 15:22-31
Ps 57:8-9, 10 and 12
Jn 15:12-17

“This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” -John 15:12

In today’s readings Jesus tells us to love one another.  At first this may not seem very difficult.  I think to myself, "to love one another, I can do that."  As I ponder this more I realize how it is not as easy as it may seem.  How can I love my enemies? How can I love those who cause violence or pain to others?  How can I love when I am stuck in my own judgments of others?  These are not easy questions to deal with, yet Jesus loved all and called us all his friends.  Jesus had a loving friendship with all of his disciples and we are called into this loving friendship with God. 

God’s love is not a superficial love- he doesn't just say the word.  God loves us so much he gave his only begotten Son in order for us to live.  True friends will lay down their lives for one another.  This is real love.  Do any of us hold this true friendship in our lives?  This is hard to determine, especially for me.  As I made the transition to college I lost a connection I had with my friends from high school.  I have made many great friends in college, but I have only known them for eight months.  Is that long enough to have a true friendship?  I believe our friendships cannot be measured by time, but only by quality of the relationship. 

God is teaching us to love one another.  This reminds me of the saying 'treat others as you want to be treated.'  We all accept the love that others give us, but are we as quick to give that love as we are to receive it?  Today God is teaching us to love others as he loves them.  God loves all people no matter their economic status, education level, body type or what others think of them.  Jesus exemplifies how we should express this love to all peoples.


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