The readings for our Mass today tell us that suffering can be a part of discipleship, but that does not mean there is no hope. In the first reading Paul and Barnabas speak of the hardships which much be endured for the Kingdom of God. In the second reading John describes his vision of heaven. And in the gospel, before he is betrayed by Judas, Jesus tells his disciples that they must love as he loves.
Can we even imagine what our world would be like if we were all to love one another – imagine the effect it would have on all the pain and suffering, the war and disease. It is easy to get overwhelmed by disasters, wars and all the ways in which our world does not show love. We can’t change others, we can only take small steps to change ourselves. Maybe our example can teach others but we can only be responsible for changing ourselves.
To ponder this week:
- What can I do to show love for others?
- How do I allow myself to be loved?
- Who are the individuals or communities that show great witness by the way they love one another – how has their example affected me?
Sr. Miriam Weir OP