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At the Last Supper, the Lord said to his disciples: "No longer do I call you servants, but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.”
The personal experience of God's love for each one of us, the source and origin of all true friendship, forms in the soul a deep conviction of the sense of mission that all the baptised have. Reflecting on friendship will reinforce this conviction and lead to the creation of spaces of friendship, where it is easier to open our life to the other and to discover God's unconditional love for each one of us.
The series "I have called you friends" is made up of five chapters that explore in depth some of the ideas in the pastoral letter on friendship written by Mgr Fernando Ocáriz on November 1, 2019.
God has always actively sought friendship with men, offering us to live in communion with Him. Neither human weakness nor the dust of the road has made him change his mind. Letting ourselves be embraced by this unconditional Love fills us with light and strength to offer it to others.
The "new commandment" that Jesus entrusted to us at the end of his life teaches us that true friendship is also authentic apostolate.
Letting ourselves be loved by others is a way of making room for God in our lives. Jesus did this until his last moments on earth.
Friendship between people who are called to the same mission makes it possible for this mission to always be a path full of happiness.
The friendship offered by a Christian to those around him has always been a source of admiration. As time goes by, new situations and new challenges always arise.