Homily for Friday of the 5th Week of Easter
May 15th, 2020 by Fr. Jack
When I was a kid, we lived in a neighborhood with a good mix of people and a number of families with kids. Our next-door neighbors on one side were Mike and Jean and their five kids. Jean and my mother were close friends over the years. At one point, Jean gave my mother a decorative sign that she hung in our kitchen. It said, “Neighbors by chance; friends by choice.”
Friendship is a great blessing. Deep friendships don’t simply happen; people choose each other as friends based on mutual attraction, common interests, a common way of looking at things. Once a friendship is strong and well established, friends can really be themselves and share how they feel about things more openly.
Jesus calls his disciples friends, and He says to them, “You did not choose me, no, I chose you.” He has also chosen to befriend us. He shows his friendship by sharing genuinely with us; He has revealed to us His own relationship with the Father. He shows His friendship by laying down his life for us. He has done His part, but for the friendship to bear fruit, we must do our part as well. We need to choose Jesus just as He has chosen us. We need to remain in His love and friendship. We do this by loving one another as He has loved us; by befriending others as He has befriended us.+