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Monday, 05 August 2019 07:00

Discernment Tip 1: Grow in Friendship with Jesus

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Have you ever met someone and thought, ‘she is such a nice person, I think I want to be her friend’? When I joined MGL I met a young girl and thought exactly that, I wanted to be her friend. She laughed a lot, she was funny, she was well liked by other people and others spoke highly of her. I can remember thinking that I really wanted to get to know her and develop a friendship. So, I did, I started to hang out with her, share my life with her and our friendship grew into one of trust, joy, honesty and today she is one of my closest and dear friends.

The same goes with our friendship with Jesus – if we really want to develop a friendship or deepen in the relationship with him, we need to spend time with him, get to know him, share our lives with him and grow in trust and knowledge of his infinite love for us. In Christus Vivit, Pope Francis declares that we will never know the deepest and fullest meaning of life unless we encounter Jesus as BEST friend each day. (n. 150). Jesus doesn’t want our friendship with him to be short lived and superficial, he wants it to be constant, stable, firm and faithful. It is only then will we truly discover who we are meant to be and where God is calling us.

So here are some tips for a constant, stable, firm and faithful friendship with Jesus.....

  • Set aside time each day (starting with 20min and leading to an hour) to spend in silence with Jesus
  • Make use of the sacraments especially Eucharist (including Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament) and reconciliation.
  • Each morning invite Jesus into your heart and into your day, “Jesus, I open my heart to you, be with me today, lead and guide me, fill my heart with your love and help me to love you more’”
  • Talk to Jesus as you would with your best friend
  • Be yourself, open and honest – share your deepest secrets with him
  • Have fun with him – do fun stuff together like art, walks, movies, dancing, daydreaming, singing, laughing etc
  • Get to know him more – read spiritual books or read about him in the bible

I finish with these words of Pope Francis, “Do not deprive your youth of this friendship. You will be able to feel him at your side not only when you pray, but at every moment. Try to look for him, and you will have the beautiful experience of seeing that he is always at your side." (CV 156)

Therese Mills