• Father Matthew Kuhn

Remain in My Love

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ Jesus,

“As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy might be complete. 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. You are my friends if you do what I command you.”

Love, being, obedience, joy, and friendship—all of these things are intimately related in Jesus. Love is the gift given to us by Jesus, entrusted to us to be shared with others in His Name. Loving one another ensures that we will remain (dwell) in His love—that we will be one with Jesus. What could be more joyous than this? The God of all things calls us His friends. When we live in union with God, we necessarily follow His commands, just as the Son follows and perfectly conforms Himself to the will of the Father. Obedience to the Will of God, joy, and love go hand in hand. When we love like God, then we will also have the joy of the Holy Spirit in us, for we will be living within the life of the Trinity.

It is like the joy shared by a father and mother over their newborn baby. The parents are joyful just to have the child with them. Others are drawn into their joy as they share love for and with both parents and child. It is almost impossible not to enter into joy with them. We instinctively love children. They draw us out of ourselves, just as the love of the Trinity naturally overflows and pours out upon us. The tangible love of God in the gift of new life is infectious; this is why laughter, hugs, and tears are all shared at the announcement of a new pregnancy. I have seen grown men break down at the sight of a mere sonogram image of their newest grandchild. What a beautiful image of what Jesus describes in our Gospel today!

The Father loves us, the Son loves us, we return their love, and we freely share this love with others. This is the very description of heaven! How blessed we are that we can begin living this heavenly life even now. Not in some superficial, false, or simulated way, but really and truly joyful in the love we have received and the love we are blessed to share in His Name. “God is love,” and we are blessed to be sharers in and of this love.

Peace in Christ,

Father Matthew Kuhn

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