Christus Vivit 154: Unbreakable Friendship

154. Friendship with Jesus cannot be broken. He never leaves us, even though at times it appears that he keeps silent.

Sometimes, when a friend keeps silent, it is a good thing. Not every friend is ready for advice, challenge, kick-in-the-rear, or what-have-you. Remember God’s criticism of Job’s friends who persistently misdiagnosed and bothered him in his trials, rather than remain at his side in silent accompaniment.

When we need him, he makes himself known to us (cf. Jer 29:14); he remains at our side wherever we go (cf. Jos 1:9). He never breaks his covenant. He simply asks that we not abandon him: “Abide in me” (Jn 15:4). But even if we stray from him, “he remains faithful, for he cannot deny himself” (2 Tim 2:13).

Thoughts?

Remember to check the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on this link at the Vatican site.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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3 Responses to Christus Vivit 154: Unbreakable Friendship

  1. Tom McClusky says:

    Our small, faith-sharing groups are kicking off this October with this very subject. Patty and I are facilitators. Here is from my email to the group:

    We’ll be working from the Follow Jesus Series, called “The Way” published by Evangelical Catholic.

    The sessions are as follows:
    1. Friendship with Christ
    2. Prayer
    3. Sacred Scripture
    4. The Eucharist: Intimate Friendship with Christ
    5. Christian Community
    6. Initial and Ongoing Conversion

    My “pulpit pitch” last Sunday urged folks to sign up in order to break the habit of our Sunday only relationship with Him and find His presence in every step.

  2. Todd says:

    We worked with EC at Iowa State. Session #4 looks especially intriguing to me.

    • Tom McClusky says:

      I’m curious as to how our discussions will go this time. During our Lenten groups that I helped facilitate, we focused on the upcoming Sunday readings. I’m hoping this takes us deeper into that relationship.

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