Do we ever turn to God as a servant to a master or a child to a parent? God is looking for something more. Christian Verghese, SJ, reflects on building a friendship with God. Based on the readings for Sunday, January 15, 2023.
There’s no subject closer to the human heart than friendship.
Hi, I’m Christian Verghese, and this is my one-minute reflection
In today’s First Reading, the Lord says, “It is too little for you to be my servants.”
How often have we approached God as a servant approaches a master, coming to the Lord as an all-powerful, loving but distant being with our petitions, needs, and wants?
It is not enough, Isaiah says. We are called to more. We are called to a relationship, a friendship with the Son of God.
A friendship with Jesus is very similar to our ordinary friendship. What kind of friends would we be if we never spent any time one-on-one with each other? And that’s what prayer is: one-on-one time with God.
So this Sunday, let’s celebrate that the Son of God is one with us, not a just master but a friend, who says, “I’m here. Let’s face the world together.”