Friday — Fifth Week of Easter
The first reading describes the conclusion of the “Council of Jerusalem.” A letter is sent to the Gentile Church at Antioch containing the decision of the council. Note the wording: “It is the decision of the Holy Spirit and of us....” In other words, the council was conscious that it was acting with the charism of what we call “infallibility.” So also has every ecumenical council since then, including the Second Vatican Council.
In the gospel, Jesus gives his new commandment: We are to love each other as he has loved us. No longer can we be content to practice the old commandments. No longer can we be content with the “Golden Rule.” No longer can we be satisfied with merely loving neighbor as ourselves. The new commandment is to love our neighbor as Christ has loved us.