May 20, 2022 Gospel Reading and Reflection: John 15:12-17

A reading from the gospel according to John 15:12-17:

12 Jesus said to his disciples: “This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.
13 No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
14 You are my friends if you do what I command you.
15 I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father.
16 It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.
17 This I command you: love one another.”

Reflection: Friendship

Jesus is not only our savior, master, Lord and king. He is also our friend to whom we can rely for help at any time and to whom we can tell our secrets. He will never leave us and He will never betray us. There are no pre-conditions. He can accept us with all our sins and weaknesses. There is only one requirement: Do what He commands us.

Real friends are special gifts and we all know how important it is to have them. Yet we also know they are hard to come by. In fact, many of us have varied experiences of broken relationships with people we thought are our friends. People are unreliable. They hurt us and desert us but not Jesus. He is our true friend.

As we deepen our friendship with Jesus through prayers and service, let us take good care of our human friends by loving them.

Thank you Jesus for choosing us to be your friends. Help us to know you more and to let others know you as well. Amen.

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