The Beatles had a hit with “All you need is Love.” The chorus repeated Love, Love, Love….. Love is all you need. All you need is love. Love, Love, Love…… Love is all you need. As I hear of families fighting and cities fighting and countries fighting, I begin to understand why the Beatles just kept repeating Love is all you need. In John 15: 9-17 Jesus mentioned love in some way eight times.

The love Jesus is speaking about is not cheap love and it is not love ’em and leave ’em love. It is not “You’ve lost that loving feeling” by the Righteous Brothers. It is not “Love the one you’re with” by Crosby, Stills, and Nash kind of love. The love Jesus speaks of is a mature faith kind of love. It is a love where one puts others before themselves. It is a love on a deep spiritual level that encompasses our whole being.

Throughout this gospel message, Jesus teaches us how to be in a loving relationship with Him and Our Heavenly Father and the Holy Spirit. He tells us that He loves us just as the Father loves Him. He wants us to remain in His love. Actually I like the older term for remaining which is abiding. Abiding seems to me, to touch a very deep soulful level. It takes in both our physical and spiritual self that is our soul. Jesus talks about Him obeying His Father commands and remaining in His Love. Similarly we are to follow Jesus’ commands to remain (abide) in His love. He goes on to speak about us having His joy and that that Joy being complete. Joy is defined as a feeling of great pleasure or happiness. It is interesting how many times Joy comes out of Sorrow. You know those tears of Joy.

Jesus’ command is to love one another as He loves us. Start by remembering that yes in fact Jesus does love us. He even loves that part of us which seems not to be lovable. He hinted at His suffering and death in verse 13. It reads, “ No one has greater love than one who gives their life for their friends.” Jesus referred to the Disciples as friends and not like slaves. They and we are Jesus’ friends by virtue of our obedience to His command to love one another. I don’t seem to hear lots of people talking about virtues lately. He went on to say that the disciples did not choose Him, but He chose them. This choosing continues today for us if we are listening to God’s voice. Jesus chose a very unlikely bunch to carry on His teachings. There is an expression that says, God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips those He calls. Think about that next time you are asked to step out of your comfort zone. Sorry no more excuses about not stepping up and doing the work we are called to do. We hear again that we will receive what we ask for. Again be careful what you ask for.

I can visualize the Beatles singing love, love, love….. all you need is love. I can visualize Jesus in the backround and His hands outstretched in Love singing Love, Love, Love……. Here is my command, Love one another as I have loved you. AMEN!


Father Ed Murphy, Shared Episcopal Ministry

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