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