The Creative Power of Love
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
In the Gospel story we have just listened to there were two men running to the tomb in order to see what happened when they were told that the stone was removed away. One of them was Peter and the other was only referred to as “the disciple whom Jesus loved.”
Finally, “the disciple whom Jesus loved” went to the tomb ahead of Peter. Do you know why?
Because he was empowered with his burning love for the Master Who died for him as He once taught: “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friend.”
Because he loves Jesus, he overcomes the fear which often makes people paralyzed.
Because he loves Jesus, he overcomes the selfishness which often makes people blinded to the needs of others.
Because he loves Jesus, he overcomes the ambitions which often make people deaf to the suffering of others.
Because he loves Jesus so much that he just wants to put what Jesus taught him into practice: “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friend.”
So, the love that we are speaking of here is in no way any kind of love in general, but it must be the love that comes from God Who is love and Who has loved us first in Christ Jesus, His Son.
This must be the love that is modeled after the love with which Jesus loved us and died for us on the Cross, so that we were saved from sin and death.
This is exactly the love that Jesus taught us to learn when he said: “Love one another as I have loved you.”
This is true, authentic and Christian love which we call “caritas—charity” when we love one another because of God Who so loved us that He gave us Christ Jesus, His Only Son, so that we may have life ever-happy and everlasting.
Let us try to run as faster as possible to meet the Risen Lord waiting for us in every moment of our life, in every stage of our trip on this planet earth following the example of “the disciple whom Jesus loved.”
By Fr. Francis Nguyen, O.P.