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.