Gospel: John 15:9-17

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John.

Jesus said to the disciples:  As Abba God has loved me, so I have loved you.  Live on in my love.  You will live in my love if you keep my commandments, even as I have kept the commandments of Abba God and live in God’s love.

All this I tell you that my joy may be yours and your joy may be complete.  This is my commandment:  love one another as I have loved you.  There is no greater love than this:  to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.  And you are my friends, if you do what I command you.

I will no longer speak of you as subordinates, because a subordinate does not know a superior’s business.  Instead I call you friends, because I have made known to you everything I have learned from Abba God.  It was not you who chose me; it was I who chose you to go forth and bear fruit.  Your fruit must endure, so that all you ask of Abba God in my name will be given you.  The command I give you is this, that you love one another.

The Good News as spoken through John.

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