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The Joy of Your Friendship

“That my joy may remain in you.” (John 15:11)
There are moments when all of us
can feel a certain emptiness,
can glimpse despair
and sense how dreadful life would be
devoid of meaning or purpose.

Perhaps that is what the disciples
experienced at Your death.
and then, Lord, they experienced anew
the delight of sharing with You,
and You calling them friends.

Yes, Lord without You
life loses its meaning and purpose.
Without You our joys are short-lived.
For You are life itself,
and the meaning and purpose of life,
and Your friendship is a treasure
like nothing else on earth.
Lord, may I always know
the joy of Your friendship.


- Columban Fr. Pat Sayles