John has a thing for making a big deal out of small words. “Just as” (kathos in Greek) occurs some 31 times in the Gospel and James Boyce observes that this word from the whole context of our passage today. “Just as I have loved you…just as the Father has loved me…” The word lets us in on a little secret related to the relationship between Father, Son and the disciples. It might also help frame the way we think about the love that is often thought about on Mother’s Day.
Readings: John 15.9-17