Friday, February 24, 2017

Homily for 24 Feb 2017

24 Feb 2017

Jesus says (in the Gospel of John 15:15), “I have called you friends, because everything I have learned from my Father I have made known to you.”  Jesus shares himself with us completely: his wisdom, his compassion, his words of truth, his unconditional love and acceptance.  He’s totally honest with us about the reality of the cross in our lives, but also about what waits on the other side of the cross: heaven.

Jesus is a truest of friends to us.  And, as we hear in Sirach this morning, “A faithful friend is beyond price, no sum can balance his worth.”  The friendship of Jesus is beyond price.  But, again, as Sirach tells us, “He who fears God (who pays attention to God) behaves accordingly, and his friend will be like himself.”  In other words, friendship with the Lord goes both ways.

Jesus shares himself with each of us.  He is the truest of friends to us.  But, do we share ourselves with him?  Do we tell him our joys and struggles?  Do we walk with him by our side and in our hearts?  Are we open and honest with him?  Jesus came down from heaven to lift us up: are we letting him do that for us? 

Jesus is the best of friends to us.  The question always is, however, can we be a better friend to Jesus?  And, if so, how?  Jesus is a friend to us.  Are we a friend to Jesus?

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