To remain in God’s love is to share it. JOHN 15:9–17
“As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you. Remain in my love.” John 15:9 The invitation in this text to receive the love of God, and the instruction to “remain,” confer on us humans, a dignity that is unfathomable.
In his first encyclical God is love, Pope Benedict XVI states that in Christ Jesus, the incarnate love of God is expressed in its most radical form: His complete self-donation. In sending His Son, God the Father has given Jesus the unique opportunity to display His love for us—the restoration of our original dignity—and in so doing, the Father displays His love for Jesus. Just as the Father loves the Son, so the love of the Lord for us is revealed in His invitation to us, to share in His mission of salvation.