The Greatest Love?

Last Sunday, I ‘went’ to my now regular Church in Colombia. This time there was a different priest. I remember he gave a rousing, inspirational speech, the first time I watched his mass on Youtube.

Once again, it was passionate, and I would like to share the message with you.

The Gospel reading was of Jesus speaking about friendship and the greatest love, in his opinion. It was from John 15:13.

“Greater love has no one than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

The priest spoke about the difference between love between friends and spouses. The latter has to be different for the relationship to work. Whilst, love of one’s friends needs to be a free gift.

It should be given without expectations. A true friend should give and receive; rejoicing in the giving.

But at the same time, if we don’t act with love for our friends, we can’t call ourselves true friends. We should want the best for them and therefore desire their growth.

The priest told a story about a young boy he knew who was in recovery from drug addiction. It was the boy’s mother who found out about his addiction and helped him get the help he needed. The priest found and spoke to the boy’s friends, asking them if they knew about his addiction. They told him that they did, but didn’t want to tell anyone for fear of being called a tell-tale in the neighbourhood, among their other friends.

The priest questioned whether they would rather save the life of their friend or be known as snitches. In the end, the so-called ‘friends’ put their own image and status above the friendship.

We have a responsibility to our friends. If we love them as friends, we must do all we can for their good. If we don’t act in their best interests rather than we own, we must question whether we should call ourselves ‘true friends’.

What do you think?