Sometimes we forget that Jesus enjoyed human friendship. He had deep relationships with many—the beloved disciple, the inner circle of three, the Twelve, the seventy, Mary Magdalene, the women at the cross, and many others. His friendships with Mary, Martha, and their brother Lazarus are notable. When I read of their time together, especially of Lazarus’s death, I am touched by the depth of emotion expressed to one another and the obvious mutuality of their friendship. Friendships certainly sustain Jesus during his earthly life.
—Trevor Hudson, Beyond Loneliness: The Gift of God’s Friendship (Upper Room Books, 2016)
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[Jesus said,] “This is my commandment: love each other just as I have loved you. No one has greater love than to give up one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you.”
—John 15:12-14 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
—”A Liturgy for Morning Prayer,” Upper Room Worshipbook
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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