…As I have loved you

Have you ever heard “The Hand Song?” It is a beautiful portrayal of Jesus’ “new commandment” in today’s Gospel.

 In the song a young boy picks roses for his mother. The trouble is, she has been raising these roses with great care, and he has now broken off all the beautiful flowers. As he brings them to her, thorns dig into his hands. She lovingly extracts these, reminders of her roses. And the song states:

…and she knew it was love. It was one she could understand.
He was showing his love and that’s how he hurt his hands.

Some time later, she held  the boy close on her knee, and he listened to her read stories from the bible. He saw a picture of Jesus and cried out, Momma, he’s got some scars just like me.

And he knew it was love. It was one he could understand.
He was showing His love and that’s how He hurt His hands.

As a young man he is called by Uncle Sam. His “number” is drawn, and in battle he throws himself in front of a friend to shield him from gunfire. He gives his life, something he had learned from the roses and from the cross.

And they knew it was love. It was one they could understand.
He was showing his love, and that’s how he hurt his hands.

And they knew it was love. It was one they could understand.
He was showing his love, and that’s how he hurt his hands.

…As I have loved you

Jesus said…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.”

We see in the wounds in Jesus hands what it costs to really love. Is it “one we can understand?” Is it an example that you and I are willing to follow? If we want to be his disciples then it is one we need to understand and follow!

Don’t forget, “The Lord is with you!”              Fr. Stan

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