Posted by: livingscripture | May 15, 2009

Fifth Friday of Easter

From the Word of the Day

 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.

(John 15, 14-15)

How should we live this Word

 Jesus calls us friends!  The love of friendship is the highest form of love.  It is arrived at only through a deep and serious process of de-centralization and giving all without expecting anything in return.  It is more that maternal and paternal love, because those are from a sense of duty and of responsibility for a small and fragile life. The love of friendship instead is an adult love where the gift is free from possessiveness, jealousy, pretensions, and vindications. It is when self-oblation and humble and silent freedom are expressed in a thousand daily gestures.jcheart

 This kind of love is connected with Jesus’ words, “No one has greater love that this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends”.  It has to do with Jesus’ love and His Great Commandment, “Love one another as I love you”.  This is the love of friendship, ‘As I have loved you’.  He said it and He did it.  After He confided all this to His own, He went to die for them and for us, for me and for you!

Thus, He involved us in His Life, in intimacy with Him.  “I no longer call you slaves.  I have called you my friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father”.  The love of friendship introduces us in the mystical experience of the other!  It becomes empathy, intuition, silent and discreet presence and a gratuitous gift.  This is God’s life in us!

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will let His Voice resound in me as He tells me that I am no longer a slave but His friend.  I will repeat my response: 

Thank You my Jesus, for Your friendship.  Grant that I may learn how to love.

 The voice of André Frossard, Author

 Of all things human, love is the only one that doesn’t need explanations.  The lovers who explain are those who are about to part.

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