Jn 15:12-17: I call you friends.
At that time, Jesus said to his disciples:
– “This is my commandment: that ye love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than the one who gives his life for his friends. You are my friends, if you do what I command you.
I no longer call you servants, because the servant does not know what his lord does: I call you friends, because all that I have heard of my Father I have made known to you.
It is not you who have chosen me, it is I who have chosen you and I have appointed you to go and bear fruit, and your fruit shall last.
So what you ask of the Father in my name, give you. I command you to love each other.”
I call you friends.
Don’t expect from me
lies or flattery.
You won’t hear words
easy, but misleading,
nor will I wrap you in silences
comfortable, but complicit.
I don’t offer you all the advantages
to the lower cost,
comfortable deadlines for justice,
or triumph without battle.
You will not have, in me,
a half-baked caricature of love.
I call you friends,
And in doing so, I promise you
Depth, passion, and truth.
I offer you my cross and my heaven,
my love and my fire,
my light and my time.
I present you my way,
my steps and my gospel.
When you feel ready,
I’ll wait for you.
27 January, 2020