To Love As Jesus Says and Does/Easter 6B/John 15:9−17

“I worry about our own love of violence and punishment. What we in our predominantly white community think when we see another young black man getting beaten up. It feels like this one young man was our scapegoat, the one we could all heap our punishment onto.
“If only he did what we say. If only he lived by our commandments, then he’d get our love.

“Our commandment is to not act up. But Jesus’s commandment is to love. Graciously and exuberantly. Love generously and, yes, unconditionally. His one condition is to love like he does: without other conditions.”