• May 13, 2022

Jesus says, “My children, I will be with you only a little while longer. I will give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another (John 13: 33a, 34-35).”

Who is this Jesus that what he says should matter to us? Who is Jesus to you? You may regurgitate what you have heard or learned without any emotions: Jesus is the Son of God. He died on the cross for man’s sins. He is the way. He is the truth. He is the son of Mary. He is one of the Holy Trinity. When you say who Jesus is, think for a moment why you give such an answer. Jesus has to be personal; otherwise, you will not have a true understanding of who he is and how he can impact your life. When you understand who Jesus really is to you then whatever he asks of you will ignite within you a desire to carry them out. Just as when someone whom you greatly love asks something of you, the task will be performed with all your heart in it.

Who is this Jesus then? Let us explore. If we have the capacity to travel back in time to the beginning of the creation of the earth and universe, we will be first hand witnesses. The Trinity God allows us to be part of his creation by sharing with us the priceless recordings of what occurred from the very beginning. This is in the God inspired writings in Genesis. We see the Father, Son and Spirit together as One God. Then, Jesus did not have the physical form of a man. The Son of God could be in the form of the wind, or fire, or sound.  Jesus in the Gospel of John was called the Word. Together, the Love of the Trinity brought forth the earth and the heavens.

This Love of God made the earth with its beauty filled with the trees, multi colored flowers, mountains, blue skies, vast expanse of land and water for the fishes, animals and birds of varying species. The creatures traverse and enjoy the openness of the flourishing earth. Then God made man and woman in his perfect image to fill the earth. We are called to enjoy his wonderful creations and be co-creators, and to multiply and rule over the earth. Indeed, God saw that it was good until the fall of mankind and Jesus had to incarnate as man to die on the cross to redeem mankind of his sins.

This is where we are today; Jesus the son of man is no longer with us on earth. However, he has left us the message to “love one another, as I have loved you.” Love is to make the world a better place spiritually and physically; one of peace, joy and harmony. Let us choose to do what is right so that we continue as God’s co-creators in his awesome creations. God in his infinite love has made you special. May God bless you with the courage to live your life with love amongst your brothers and sisters in Christ.


Bernard Chan
Diaconate Candidate 2025


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