“The Second Commandment of Jesus”
6th Sunday in Eastertide
There was a girl who was born without an ear. She became shy and grew up to be an introvert. There were times that she went home crying because her classmates made fun of her. When she reached her teen-age year, her mother brought her to a surgeon to perform an ear transplant on her. The operation was successful and that made the young girl a very happy person, enjoying her social life. Years later, she decided to get married. On the eve before her wedding day, she went inside her mother’s room to thank her. But as she embraced her, she was surprised for she noticed something strange. She found out that beneath the long hair of her mother was a missing ear. She cried and asked her mother, why she had to keep the secret that she was her ear donor. The mother replied, “My child, I didn’t tell you because, I didn’t want you to be sad for me. All I wanted was for you to be happy for the rest of your life. I know I didn’t lose something when I gave it to someone I love.”
The mother had no regret in what she did for her daughter and there is joy in her life in giving something to her loved one. That is the fruit of remaining in Christs’ love. As the Scripture says, we will have complete joy. The joy we will experience is meant to be forever, permanent and dynamic. Why? Because Christ’s love for us is permanent. That makes our joy emanate all the time, irrespective of circumstances.