Friday: 24th May, 2019
First reading: Acts 15:22-31
Gospel: John 15:12-17
John 15:12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
Army snipers train to hit their targets with every shot because during a mission, any miss could be the difference between life and death for their. So if there is a rule these elite soldiers always fast to, it will be ‘make every shot count’.
Jesus said a lot of things, but his words today comes with a preface ‘this is my commandment’ which lays emphasis on the content of the one statement which followed :’Love one another as I have love you’.
So I got thinking and these questions which I ask you now, came to mind:
If you were offered an opportunity to make just one statement in front of an audience like Jesus did, what would you say?
If you had the chance to issue one binding command, what would you decree? and
If you had the chance to correct one mistake, which will it be?
Sometimes, we are allowed one shot at somethings, which gives us a hint on how carefully we need to be with the response we offer and the actions we take. That one command of Jesus, that one statement, has echoed through time and will continue to do so. So when you have one shot at something,
take into account all the factors you need to take your best shot, and make sure the shot counts.