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10 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. 11 I have told you this so that my joy might be in you and your joy might be complete. 12 This is my commandment:


love one another as I love you. 13 No


one has greater love that this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing.


I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I


have heard from my Father. 16 It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. 17 This I command you: love one another.


REFLECTION: God is the source of all love. In his life and teachings, Jesus showed


God’s love for every person. God’s love is self-giving and free of all selfishness. As an expression of this love Jesus gave himself completely on the cross. God calls us to love as Jesus loved. The love Christians show for their brothers and sisters is to be a sign of God’s presence among them. Self-giving and completely unselfish love are to be the outstanding marks of a Christian’s love. We are called to that type of love as we walk our faith journey with one another.


STUDY QUESTIONS: (Limit response to one page per question). Why is it important that we are called “friends” by Jesus? How is love the source of unity? What does “self-giving love” mean?


CHAPTER TWENTY EIGHT THE CHURCH IS A COMMUNIY OF HOPE MEMBERS OF THE


been CHURCH WAIT TO


union ENJOY THE


with him when he comes again.


The Church is not complete. Those who have joined to Jesus in baptism wait for complete All the members of


the RESURRECTION Church are on a journey to meet the Lord Jesus Christ.


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