Immersed in Christ: January 26, 2021
Memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus, bishops
2Timothy 1:1-8 or Titus 1:1-5; Psalm 96 Mark 3:22-30 or 4:26-34
A Friend Who Confides In Me
But to his own disciples he explained everything in private... Mark 4:34
It is just a fact that you can’t share everything with everyone, even though you want to.
Some aren’t ready to hear what you want to say. Some couldn’t accept it. So, rather than drive them further away, you wait until they are ready. And try to make them ready.
Jesus does this. If we have accepted the gift of faith, opened ourselves to his light, recognized the truth and goodness of his teachings, and chosen to obey him, he calls us his friends. And the more we are his friends, the more he can share with us:
You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father.
You did not choose me but I chose you (John 15:14-16).
Making us his friends was his idea, not ours. Who would presume to be an intimate friend of God himself? If we take this for granted today, it is because in Jesus God came close and invited us. But it is not to be taken for granted; it is the mystery of God’s love.
ACTION: Make a list of the daily things you do for your friends. Do them for Jesus.
PRAYER: Lord, thank you for sharing with me.