- I have called you by your name, you are mine. Do not be afraid… since I regard you as precious, since you are honored and I love you. (Isaiah 43: 1 and 4)
- Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him. He appointed twelve that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach. These he called apostles… (Mark 3:13-14)
- I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. (John 15:15)
- Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper… (John 21:20)
- And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age. (Matthew 28:20)
- Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. (Hebrews 7:25)
- Whoever wishes to come with me has to be content with the same food I eat, and the drink, and the clothing which I wear, and so forth. So too each one must labor with me during the day, and keep watch in the night… (Saint Ignatius, Spiritual Exercises 93)
Jesus Christ calls us his friends and invites us to a personal and intimate covenant of love with him. He is alive to intercede for us, actively drawing us to him. He sees us as a precious treasure of his heart. Friendship with him will make us see the world with his eyes, we will be one with his joys and sufferings, and we will offer ourselves to work with him for our brothers and sisters. He is always with us and shall be until the end of age.