Jesus calls us his friends

“And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)

During Advent we are reminded of God’s abiding presence with us and how the Incarnation showed the world God’s immense love for humanity. God wanted to be with us, to walk side-by-side, in a friendship that would last forever.

Even after his death, Jesus did not leave us as orphans, but promised us that he would never depart from our side. The Holy Eucharist is the realization of that promise and the red light next to the tabernacle in every Catholic Church reminds us that he is there, hoping that we will notice him and accept his offer of friendship.

By accepting that offer and walking with Jesus, we begin the process of learning the cares of Jesus’ heart and making them our own. We see the world with his eyes, recognizing the many challenges of humanity and offering ourselves to him each day, pledging that we will do our part to help relieve the plight of our fellow brothers and sisters.

Our eyes see the horror of child-soldiers.
Our eyes see the way we mistreat our “common home.”
Our eyes see how politics have clouded our vision, working for selfish interests and not the common good of all.
Our eyes see the plight of the poor, how they are neglected and abandoned by so many.

Let us pray this month that we may walk with Jesus in friendship, seeing the world as he sees it and doing what we can in prayer and in deed to make the world a better place. There are many challenges in this world, but by uniting our heart to Jesus’ heart, we can understand the true path to peace and joy.

- Philip Kosloski
Writer and Content Manager
The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (USA)

See “Way of the Heart.”

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