Jesus provides a new commandment, call it number 11. This new commandment is what distinguishes disciples from others. We are those kind of disciples.
Introduction to this week’s readings
The glory of God is often revealed when and where it is least expected. God uses our lips to declare that glory, inexperienced and hesitant though they may be. God uses our love to demonstrate that glory and so urges us to exercise it. God uses Jesus of Nazareth, water and the word, bread and wine, to reveal God’s glory where and when God chooses. Take heed, lest the glory of God slip through our midst unnoticed.
Reading: Jeremiah 1:4-10
Introduction: God calls Jeremiah to be a prophet and consecrates him in the womb. Jeremiah’s task is to preach God’s word amid the difficult polical realities of his time, before the Babylonian exile. He is to make God known not only to Judah, but also to the nations.
Reading: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Introduction: The believers in Corinth knew themselves to be spiritual persons. Paul reminds them that God gives many gifts through the Holy Spirit, but the purpose behind all of them is love, the kind of love that God showed us in Jesus Christ.
Reading: John 13:34-35
Introduction: God established love as a way to encounter God and care for the human community. As we demonstrate Christian love, it distinguishes believers as followers of Christ.