Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Tuesday 21 September |
The Feast of Saint Matthew the Apostle
home iconSpirituality
line break icon

Mass prep: 30 seconds/3 points — How do you measure love?

Photo Courtesy of Sr. Amata CSFN

Fr. Paweł Rytel-Andrianik - published on 05/08/21

The word "love" is in this Sunday's readings 18 times!

The Gospel for this Sunday is John 15:9-17

1. Where can we find true love?

In this Sunday’s Liturgy of the Word, the word love or to love appears 18 times: nine times in the second reading and nine times in the Gospel. The Greek language used in the New Testament has different words for love. Which words does the Gospel of John use? The word agape – the highest degree of love, which is pure and unselfish.

In his letter, St. John gives the shortest and most beautiful definition of God: “God is love.” This definition cannot be reversed, as Lewis noted. Love is not god. Fragile human love cannot take the place of God. Only love that is connected to God’s love will survive all things and endure forever.

2. Key Words

As the Father loves me, so I also love you – This is the highest degree of love. It is impossible to love more. The sign of this love is Jesus’ Cross. The vertical beam of the Cross represents love for God, the horizontal beam represents love for people. One does not exist without the other. St. John Paul II said: “You will not find Love without the Cross, and you will not bear the Cross without love.” 

This I command you: love one another – When Jesus says “love one another,” that is not a wish but a commandment. It is not optional, if I want to be a Christian. “Love your enemies” is, for us, a commandment.

3. Today

If I want to examine my love, the Scriptures will help me. I can open Chapter 13 of the First Letter to the Corinthians; there the characteristics of love are described: “Love is patient, love is kind. Love is not jealous, it  is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury …”

I can put my name in place of the word love. Is this how I love? Is this my love?

Sunday Readings

Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...

Top 10
Domitille Farret d'Astiès
Attacked with acid as a baby, Anmol Rodriguez overcomes and inspi...
Esteban Pittaro
Argentine “Mother Teresa” was a former model and actress who embr...
Philip Kosloski
Your body is not a “shell” for your spirit
Our Lady of La Salette
Philip Kosloski
How Our Lady of La Salette can give us hope in darkness
Cerith Gardiner
12 Habits of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati that every young adult...
Visalia CHURCH
J-P Mauro
The largest Catholic parish church in the US will soon be in Cali...
Zelda Caldwell
A pilgrimage to Paris’ Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
See More
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.