Fifth Sunday of Easter

This weekend we celebrate the Fifth Sunday of Easter. In the gospel reading below, Jesus reminds the disciples and us that we are to love as He has loved. In order for us to follow his example, we must be willing to lay down our lives for others. The kind of love that Jesus calls us to live is self-emptying.

In a famous prayer written by St. Teresa of Avila, (“Christ has no body”), she reminds us:

Christ has no body, but yours,

No hands, no feet, on earth but yours.

Yours are the eyes with which he looks

Compassion on the world.

You are the feet with which he walks to do good.

It is up to us to live the mission that Jesus gives us: “As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.”

Gospel – John 13: 31-33A, 34, 35

When Judas had left them, Jesus said,
“Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him.
If God is glorified in him,
God will also glorify him in himself,
and God will glorify him at once.
My children, I will be with you only a little while longer.
I give you a new commandment: love one another.
As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.
This is how all will know that you are my disciples,
if you have love for one another.”