HOMILY FOR THE SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER , YEAR B
1 John 4:7-10
THEME: CALL TO SACRIFICIAL LOVE
My dear friend, as we approach the end of the season of Easter, Mother Church invites us today to reflect deeply on the implications of our relationship with God. This then is a call to reflect on SACRIFICIAL LOVE in the life of the Christian.
Beloved, God’s love is sacrificial and also for all (universal), therefore to love one another is our Christian calling. In John 4:7, we are commanded to love one another, for love is of God. For this reason, my dear friend, the sacrifice involved in loving others cannot make the call to love optional for the Christian who is himself a product of love.
This love then goes beyond mere feeling or emotion; in fact, it is a commitment of the will that keeps it unchanging. And it is this love that 1 Corithians 13:4-8 describes as patient, kind, not envious, not boastful and not proud. And above all, this love never fails because it seeks not it’s own benefit but of the other.
Consequently, when Jesus says a man has no greater love than to lay down his life for his friends (John 15), He is emphasising the SACRIFICIAL aspect of this love. But unfortunately, most love today is not established on sacrifice but on personal gain and are unable to meet the call to sacrifice in love. For our love is mostly with a reason of personal benefit and not personal sacrifice. And it is this that limits our love and makes it selfish.
The love of God for us should be the standard for our own love for others. Thus we should always learn to understand and appreciate God’s love which is selfless and sacrificial. Only then can we also extend same to those we come into contact with.