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Mother Teresa's prayer on love

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The promise of love. The immediate setting of the command is important; Jesus is about to leave the disciples. (John 13.31-35) Here is the consolation for a community soon to be bereft of the tangible presence of its Lord - loving each other, in reflection of his love for them. 'No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us' (1 John 4:12). In the caring and costly service of the brothers and sisters, we shall meet with Jesus himself (Matt. 25:31-45). Mother Teresa's prayer has direct application within every Christian community. "Dearest Lord, may I see you today and every day in the person of your sick, and whilst nursing them, minister unto you. Though you hide yourself behind the unattractive disguise of the irritable, the exacting, the unreasonable, may I still recognize you and say, ' Jesus, my patient, how sweet it is to serve you.'"

Source: The Message of John IVP The Bible Speaks Today series/ Milne, Bruce, 1993, p. 207

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