Love One Another as I have Loved You

 

This week, the world lost a music legend, Prince who was ever ready to give people music that he recorded. However, while reading up more about him, what really struck me was that Prince said, “One problem was that “people, especially young people, don’t have enough God in their lives”.             

I have to agree with him as society has become closed in, and God is secondary. The reality is sad that the young people do not know what is religion anymore and the meaning of loving one another for who they really are.

Love is a powerful word but I feel that it has lost its intended meaning because of the media and secularization. It starts as an emotion but the tricky part is when it becomes an action. The gospel reading notes, “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 should love one another. This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another”(John 13:31-33A, 34-35). Notice how many times love is mentioned in the reading?

It can be hard to love as the meaning of love has become so different. To me, love in the simple things is sufficient. Love is helping someone who is struggling by offering help or words of comfort. Love is spending time with your family and friends. Love is comforting someone who has lost a loved one. Love is experiencing the mercy of God through the Eucharist. Love is feeding a stray animal on the street. Love is spending time talking to those who are lonely. Love is forgiving and accepting your enemies. Love is just being there for people. Love is seeing someone smile on a bad day.

Jesus was there for his disciples after his death on the cross. The presence of Jesus was the love that Jesus gave to allow his disciples to continue in their work in reaching out to people. In the simplest form, love is having both compassion and the heart to lend a shoulder or give advice or listen to someone who is in need. If we are able to live out this commandment, then we have fulfilled the rest of the commandments.

For me, I am just one person and the need to have more people to love one another is key to dispel an array of problems from addictions, loneliness, depression, self-injury or self-hate. At some point, a person would experience or think that he or she has hit a new low. This is when love in the form of asking “Are you okay?” or “Don’t worry you can confide in me” are the invitations to help. This is love, to tell the person that you are not alone in this fight.

Then they would have courage and support to tell these problems that they deserve better . . .  I want to get better . . .  I want to have better company . . . I can live life again . . . I am made new . . . The most important thing a person should know is that out there, someone loves them even if they do not see it. Jesus loves you. Tell a person . . .  I love you even in your darkest moments.

Are we able to see people who are struggling around us?

We need people to love each other, and we need them to let us know that we are alright. We need a listening ear to laugh and cry with us. We need to struggle together and not alone. We must know love, be loved and give love.

It has been a tough week for me in school as I have lost the confidence to write. Writing is the only thing I have. But I know that I have to take the bitter pill and pray for the graces that the world needs. Love and Jesus are the answers.

Night Litany For The World by Brigittine Monks, The Order of the Most Holy Savior

O God, our Father, hear us.

We intercede before you, through the Sacred Heart of Jesus, for all who tonight in this world stand in the most need of your merciful love and protection. On souls beset by temptation, have mercy. On those who are given up to worldliness  and are forgetful of you, have mercy. On those who are at this moment of danger of losing you forever, have mercy.

By your agony, save them, Jesus.

On those who are carrying on wicked trades and profit by sin, have mercy. On the victims of sin, have mercy.On those indulging in sinful amusements, have mercy. On all who are imperilling their souls by self-indulgence and luxury, have mercy. On all frequenting haunts of sin, have mercy.

By your scourging ,save them, Jesus.

On all who are out tonight, the homeless, the weary, the starving, those tempted to suicide, the intemperate, have mercy. On those who are out for sin, have mercy. To those who are out to rescue others, grant help and protection. For those who work at night, let your presence be with them,Jesus. For the sick and suffering and all who are enduring any agony of mind or body, comfort them Jesus. For all undergoing operations, strengthen them Jesus, and help them in body and soul.

For the sleepless and lonely, be near them. For those in anxiety, nervous or mental distress, calm them. For the mentally ill,keep them under your protection. For those who attend upon the mentally ill, make them tender hearted and compassionate. For night nurses, give faithfulness and sympathy. For priests and doctors called out this night, reward them.

By your crown of thorns, deliver them, Jesus. 

For those who this night must suffer bereavement, visit and sustain them. For those whom this will be their last night on earth,deepen their contrition and receive their souls. For those whom sudden death summons before your judgement, have mercy. For those dying alone without priest or sacrament, have mercy. For those dying rejecting the ministry of Holy Church, have mercy. On those dying unconscious, have mercy.

On those dying blind to their sin, have mercy. On the souls of unbelievers who are near death, have mercy. On those who are trying to turn to you even in their last hour, have mercy. For those who are afraid to die, turn their heaviness into joy. For dying priests and religious, have mercy on them and receive them to yourself. For the faithful departed, grant them light and peace. For ourselves in our last hour, grant the pardon of our sins, our negligence and our ignorance.

By your holy death, deliver us all, O Jesus. 

On behalf of those who neglect to praise God and thank Him,let us say: Blessed be God. Blessed be his holy name. On behalf of those who blaspheme and neglect the blessed Sacrament,let us say: Blessed, praised worshipped and adored be Jesus Christ on His Throne of Glory and in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. Amen!

Let us pray for the young people who are struggling to find themselves and God that they may be drawn towards him through the power and majesty of love. God Bless!

I have been listening to this song”Majesty“by Michael W. Smith for the whole week as I heard it last Sunday during mass at the Church of St Vincent De Paul. Praise God!

“Singin’ Majesty, Majesty
Your grace has found me just as I am
Empty handed but alive in Your hands
We’re singing Majesty, we’re singing Majesty
Forever, forever I am changed by Your love
In the presence of Your Majesty

We’re singing Majesty, Majesty
Your grace, Your grace has found me just as I am
Empty handed but alive in Your hands
We’re singing Majesty, we’re singing Majesty
Forever I am changed by Your love
In the presence of Your Majesty, Majesty

Majesty, Majesty
Your grace, Your grace has found me just as I am
Empty handed but alive in Your hands
Majesty, Majesty
Forever I am changed by Your love
In the presence of Your Majesty

We praise You, oh God, lift up a new song
Oh we praise You, Lord, We praise Your name
You are the Father, You are the Father
Oh, we love You, we love You, we love You, oh oh
Oh, Hallelujah, Hallelujah”

Written By: Darren Chan Keng Leong

 

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