To “remain” (Greek menein) with Jesus is an important Johannine theme. It means not only to stay with Jesus but also to “know” him, to have a close relationship with him, to share his fate. The intimate union between the Father and Jesus is the model for the disciples’ relationship with their Master.
Still, union with Jesus cannot be reduced to sentiments alone. Jesus emphasizes that the true measure of union with him is imitating his love: his love for God and for his “own.” One who truly loves Jesus loves one’s brothers and sisters. And the measure of the disciple’s love for his neighbors is his willingness to lay down his life for them. The disciple is called to incarnate Jesus’ love in a world that is often torn apart by apathy, hate, and strife.
Some people come into our lives and quickly go, while others stay and leave footprints in our hearts. Do we let Jesus “remain” with us through prayer and listening to his words?
Gospel • JOHN 15:9-11
Jesus said to his disciples: “As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.
“I have told you this so that my joy might be in you and your joy might be complete.”
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