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On Christ's Love for His Disciples

Taken from Medulla S. Thomae Aquinatis which arranges various short texts from St. Thomas Aquinas' corpus based on the liturgical year. I will be posting the day's meditation each day and will be bringing it into print once I'm through it.

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February 15th

On Christ's Love for His Disciples

As the Father hath loved me, I also have loved you. Abide in my love. (John 15:9)

I. The word ‘as’ sometimes indicates an equality of nature, and at other times a similarity in acting. The word ‘as’ indicates a likeness in grace and love; for the love with which the Son loves his disciples is a certain likeness of that love with which the Father loves the Son. Since, however, to love someone is to will his good, the Father loves the Son according to his divine nature, insofar as he wills his infinite good, that he himself has; for the Father loves the Son and shows him all things that himself does (John 5:20).

He loves him also according to his human nature, and from this, that God and man would be similar.