Scripture: John 13:20-35
Key verse: (34) “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Reflection: Do you remember the movie, “City Slickers?” As an aging dad, it’s always been a favorite of mine. There’s a great scene when Mitch Robbins, played by Billy Crystal, is talking to Curly, the old crusty cowboy, played by Jack Palance. Here’s a link to the scene (PG-13 warning, there’s a salty word in this clip!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1cmvzRKCCg
Curly asks, “Do you know what the secret of life is?” “No, what?” responds Mitch. Curly says, “This,” holding up his finger. Mitch asks, “Your finger?” Curly answers, “One thing; just one thing. You stick to that, and everything else don’t mean @$#!.” “That’s great, but what’s the one thing?” Mitch asks. Curly responds, “That’s what you’ve got to figure out.”
As Christians, we don’t have to figure out the one thing. Jesus tells us at the end of John 13. “Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.” That’s the one thing for us. As for everything else, well, Curly is probably right about that.
Prayer: As you have loved me, O Lord, help me love others. Amen.
Author: Joe Clifford
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].