Friday of the Fifth Week of Easter
Reading: JN 15:12-17
I have called you friends
Friendship with God
Jesus calls his disciples his personal friends. He personally cared for them and sought their welfare. He personally enjoyed their company and wanted to be with them in a close and intimate relationship. He ate with them, shared everything he had with them – even his innermost heart and thoughts.
To know Jesus personally is to know God and the love and friendship he offers to each one of us.
One of the special marks of favor shown in the Scriptures is to be called the friend of God.
Abraham is called the friend of God (Isaiah 41:8, James 2:23).
God spoke with Moses as a man speaks with his friend (Exodus 33:11).
Jesus, the Lord and Master, calls the disciples his friends rather than his servants.
What does it mean to be a friend of God? Friendship with God who is our everlasting Father and with his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ entails a personal, close, and loving relationship and a union of heart, mind, and spirit with the One who created us in love for love. Such a relationship with our Father, Creator, and Redeemer involves loyalty, respect, and obedience. But it is even more than these because God has chosen to love us in the same way in which the Father and the Son love and serve each other – a total giving of oneself to the other in a bond of affection, esteem, and joy in each others company.
Prayer: We pray together the prayer of St Ignatius Loyola
“Teach us, good Lord, to serve you as you deserve, to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to toil and not to seek for rest, to labor and not to ask for any reward, save that of knowing that we do your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord.”