Thinking about all the possible outcomes of the Notre Dame commencement yesterday, I began to feel more hopeful as I listened to the Sunday gospel reading, a reading I figured most of those who would attend later in the day would also be hearing.
John reminded us of the centrality of being a Christian.
This is what we heard:
Jesus said to his disciples:
"As the Father loves me, so I also love you.
Remain in my love.
If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love,
just as I have kept my Father's commandments
and remain in his love.
I have told you this so that my joy may be in you
and your joy might be complete.
This is my commandment: love one another as I love you."
John 15 9-17