13 September 2019
The ministry of friendship is sacramental. I suppose a sacrament is an event in which something very ordinary like water, bread or wine is used to illuminate the extraordinary thing God is doing but which is otherwise hidden from view.
In a similar way, the friendship of ordinary people can be used to illuminate the extraordinary friendship of God which is hidden from view. ‘No one has greater love than this,’ says Jesus, ‘to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.’ In this way, we catch a glimpse of the friendship which Christ has established with us through his dying upon the cross.
‘You are my friends if you do what I command you.’ says Jesus. And what is this commandment if not, ‘Love one another as I have loved you!’ If the quality of our love is inspired by him, then our ministry of friendship will effectively illuminate something of his love for us.