They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.” Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will reveal yourself to us, and not to the world?”
Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me.
”I have said these things to you while I am still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.
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.
We are constantly trying to do the right thing. We try to make the right choices, follow the just laws, and observe the commandments to be faithful to God and to be righteous. Jesus tells us that this pursuit to be righteous must always consist of an underlying passion to love as God loves us. Courage is required to love unconditionally as Jesus asks us to. Forgiveness, sacrificial love, returning hate with love, and loving our enemies can put us in very vulnerable, helpless situations, in which, we are fearful. It takes courage to love unconditionally, and so Jesus gives us the advocate, the Holy Spirit, to give us the faith and the courage needed to love.
Even in those instances where it does not feel like the rational thing to do, we must never cease to love. In love, we find Christ.
—Dr. Sajit U. Kabadi is Chair of the Theology Department and was recently named Assistant Principal for Mission, Ministry, and Diversity at Regis Jesuit High School in Colorado.
Nothing is more practical than finding God, than falling in Love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends,
what you read, whom you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in Love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.
—Attributed to Pedro Arrupe