As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete. “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved 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. I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
In those final hours before the suffering and the dying;
as the betrayal is unfolding and the breaking of the body, and the breaking of the bond,
is becoming ever more imminent…
There they all are,
at the Gate of Gethsemane,
breathing in air heavy with the gravity
of dread, and pain, and powerlessness…
There, on the path of the Paschal Mystery,
Jesus draws the disciples ever more deeply into the Incarnational Embrace.
There, where we come from God and go to God…
Jesus whispers urgently:
Abide in me,
and I will come to you.
I will not leave you desolate.
I will take you to myself.
I will make in you a home.
The Spirit will make it so…
Abide in me,
and my joy will be in you,
it will fill you.
Even when everything indicates otherwise,
I will not leave you.
I am here to find you.
Are you here to find me?
—Moira and Richard Clark are Catholic high school educators in Cleveland, OH. Rich is President of St. Martin dePorres High School, and Moira is Dean of Student Life & Formation at Magnificat High School.
Be not afraid. I go before you always.
Come follow me, and I will give you rest.
— © 1975, Bob Dufford, S.J. and New Dawn Music