What does it mean when Jesus calls us his friends?
Growing up, there was a time where I could not comprehend what it meant to have Jesus as a friend; I did not know what it meant or how it was supposed to feel. I knew what a ‘friend’ was, as I had a particular group of people I would spend the most time with but I wondered if a friendship with Jesus was supposed to feel the same. In my earlier years, I did not think so but over the passage of time it became known to me that this was, in fact, the truth.
It took time for me to understand that faith in Jesus and being a friend of Jesus was more than faithful observance of the rules, the commandments, church teachings, and devotions. I had to enter into my own relationship with Jesus if I was to have him as a friend the way the Apostles did like in today’s reading.
Would you describe Jesus as a friend of yours? If so, how did the relationship develop? If not, how can you work on enhancing your relationship with Christ?
Father Leo Polselli, C.S.C. is Chaplain at the Father Peyton Center in Easton, MA. Before coming to Holy Cross Family Ministries he served as a teacher and a parish priest. He also served for six years as a General Assistant of the Congregation in Rome, Italy. Originally from Fall River, MA, Father Leo grew up with eight siblings. Gifted with several languages, he is able to serve the Brazilian, Cape Verdean, Portuguese, Spanish and Haitian communities. When he's not greeting everyone who comes to the Father Peyton Center, you can find him regularly reading newspapers!