Third Week in Advent – Day 1 – The Christian Identity Card

According to John, as noted in a previous meditation, maybe more than any other New Testament document, breathes the atmosphere of the Old Testament. Even though a dualism between the flesh and the Spirit is pervasive in it, and it utilizes the Greek vocabulary with evident nuance and a broad understanding of its philosophical connotations, it presupposes good knowledge of the
Jewish traditions. This cultural richness is evident in the way it presents Jesus’ new commandment: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another” (13:34, cp. 15:17). Like the commandment that they should wash each other’s feet, this new commandment is addressed to the community of disciples. Its fulfillment will be their identity card as a community. “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (13:35). It will also be their strength.

Herold Weiss, Meditations on According to John, p. 169

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