Love One Another

Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him. If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and God will glorify him at once. My children, I will be with you only a little while longer. I give you a new commandment: love one another. As  I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

istock_000010229813_smallPresumably, you are here today to hear something inspiring from me. You hope they are words to take home with you. You pray it doesn’t linger on forever.

If it’s clarity you want from your local cable channel, then good luck with that. If it’s about an enduring relationship, listen up. Just compare the two of them.

“It’s allegedly been reported that a possible major car accident happened today but it could be slight. Stay tuned for complete information.”

I love you. (It’s only three words.)

“Those familiar with the situation have stated, although off the record because they have no authority to speak on the record, have firmly stated that they think…”

I love you. (It’s just eight letters with a period at the end.)

“We interrupt this program for this ‘Breaking News.’ ‘Heather, it’s all yours.’ ‘Thanks Dave. Nice tie, by the way. Here’s what we know, right now. A gunman supposedly fired shots at a group of unknown victims somewhere around here with a gun bought from some store and we believe he lives somewhere else than here. That’s the most accurate, latest update I have for you Dave, now back to you.’ ‘Wow, thanks Heather for that in-depth, up-to-date update on something we still know absolutely nothing about. Now here’s an advertisement about a pharmaceutical product that you truly do not need with possible side effects of dizziness and diarrhea, the two favorites of drug use.”

Love one another. (It can easily be said in one breath.)

(And my favorite of them all) “Tomorrow’s weather is partly cloudy with a twenty percent chance of rain with the highs in the mid-50’s. If you’re planning on going to the Brewer game, you may wish to take along a light jacket since the dome will be open.”
The next day the dome was closed and we got five inches of snow.

(Three simple words.) I love you.

“At a future date, the president is expected to release an unmapped resolution that may have devastating effects on the economy. As least according to anonymous sources.”

Love one another. It just flows from our hearts through our mouths. No modifiers or qualifies.

Speculation has it that eating butter (no wait), eating more than one egg a week (no wait), sitting too close to the TV (no wait), making that face at six years old (no wait).”

Love one another. Three words with a space between two and said through sincere eyes.

“Congress said today that it suspects that undisclosed officials may reveal their undecided votes on a measure that may affect millions of Americans.”

I love you.

The reply to, “I love you” is never, “I love you too,” because that can be a knee-jerk response to a genuine, true proclamation. You got to say it on your own.

“Well, that’s the complete news that you need for shock value and to keep you watching, out of fear, while they continue to use vague, uncommitted words to foolishly convince you that you are now informed.”

Or, you can turn to the person watching TV with you and say, “I love you” or to remember the one who now lives within your heart with those three profound, never-to-be-outdone words, “I love you.”

“And, that’s the news.”


About Rev. Joe Jagodensky, SDS.

A Roman Catholic priest since 1980 and a member of the Society of the Divine Savior (Salvatorians). Six books on the Catholic church and U.S. culture are available on
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