Commentary on the Gospel of
Here we have Jesus giving his commandment of love. This commandment stresses the need and nature of mutual love in the community. What kind of love? Agape, which is self-sacrificing love, love which seeks nothing for oneself but only the well-being of the other.
The first reading reveals that quality of love existing between the Jerusalem and Antioch communities, with the latter showing consideration for the customs of the Hellenist Christians.