St. John was the last surviving apostle of the original Twelve. It is commonly thought he lived for 100 years. At the time of his advanced age, many people would ask him to share his insights and memories of Jesus. What was it like to walk with Jesus on this earth for three years? What about his miracles, the meanings of his parables and other deep truths?
John would only reply with five words to summarize the gospel message: “Little children, love one another!”
Today, let us pause, close our eyes and picture this man who sat beside Jesus at the Last Supper, was at Calvary and then witnessed the empty tomb. Hear him speaking those same five words to us. Remember how we once were as children—loving, trusting, kind and innocent. “Love one another” is the teaching of Jesus for children of all ages.
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