A homily for Easter 6

Jesus said to his disciples:
‘If you love me , you will keep my commandments.’

The friendship of Christ should be in the life of every Christian. If we have Christ’s friendship then we can move to friendship of others. At the heart of a good friendship there should be reliability, loyalty, commitment and service. We are changed through our friendships. We can be guided by those who love us just as we can guide them. Jesus is a prime example of friendship: he is always with us in the Eucharist and through the Holy Spirit. Through the gift of his Holy Spirit we can dispel worry and secure Jesus’ gift of peace.

By keeping Jesus’ commandments we display our love for him. We become his friends. Jesus’ friendship with his disciples was vitally important for him. Our love of Jesus is equally of vital importance. If we keep his commandments we display that love. Those who love Jesus will be loved by his Father. A quote from Ecclesiasticus in the Apocrypha: ‘A faithful friend is a medicine of life;
                     And they that fear the Lord shall find him.’   (6:16)
In the midst of the pandemic we all need a medicine of life. Within our St Johns’ community we sustain friendship and the support of one another. We all have a friend in Jesus and we may all be enriched by the friendship of our church.

From the hymn ‘O worship the King all glorious above’ which we know so well the penultimate verse reads:
           Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail,
           in thee do we trust, nor find thee to fail;
           thy mercies how tender, how firm to the end!
           Our maker, defender, redeemer, and friend.