Vicar’s Reflection: 10th May 2015, 6th Sunday of Easter
Our families ground us and nurture us. Through our families we are brought into life and understanding of the world. At their best families provide love and a strong foundation for growth to maturity. But they can also be our greatest source of criticism, and pain. Some families are not safe. We know this. Someone has said: ‘God gives us relatives; but thank God, we can choose our friends.’ In the Gospel reading, Jesus the Son of God, reveals this astonishing truth that He has chosen us to be His friends. Not only this, as our friend, he lays down his life for us. To accept and deeply understand this astonishing act of friendship can transform our lives. As St Paul has said “If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31. Jesus is not only our brother but also our friend indeed. Being well-connected like this is no guarantee of a cruisy ride in life. But it does mean we can live with confidence knowing that ultimately, nothing can separate us from the love of God. When we discover and follow God’s purpose for our life we can rely on guidance, help, and all the spiritual resources we need to overcome and succeed. Jesus, friend of sinners indeed.