by Sr. Juliana Monti, SSMO
Whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him.
It is easy to say the words, ‘I love you’ to someone. Words are a dime a dozen.  It is much harder to prove it by one’s actions. If a person loves someone, they want to spend time with them, they want to get to know their family, and they hope they are accepted by their family members.
Jesus tells us that if we love Him, His Father will love us and Jesus will love us.  The more time we spend with Him the more He will reveal Himself to us. People in love cannot bear to be separated.  They are always seeking ways to please the other and to know each other more deeply.
There are days when a person does not feel loved, and sometimes quite lonely.  Jesus is waiting to hear us say that we need Him, and that we love Him, and He will be there. Sometimes He comes and gives us a hug through a dear friend.  At other times we are struck by the words of scripture or words of encouragement that a friend offers or simply by the warm smile of another.  To know Jesus more deeply is to love Him more deeply.
The biggest obstacle in our lives is our busy schedule. The biggest mistake in our lives is to not make room to spend time with the one who loves so much.
Jesus, give us the desire to spend time with you, to think about all the ways that you show your love to us and help us to love you as you love us.