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  • Kathleen Brewer

Amazing Friendship of Christ

An Irish proverb says “A good friend is like a four-leaf clover, hard to find and

lucky to have.” What does a friend mean to you? Merriam-Webster Dictionary

defines a friend as, “a friend whom one knows and with whom one has a bond of


I have had many friends over the years, some I am closer to than others. But I

have a best friend that I have had for approximately forty years. Even though we

currently live in different cities, we have been together through good times and

through difficult times. When one of us needs to hear a laugh, a prayer, or an

encouraging voice, we know that at the end of the phone line is a friend. We have

knitted together and shared our dreams and failures but no matter what we are

there for each other.

This week has been the lying in state of the Right Honourable Brian Mulroney,

18thPrime Minister of Canada. He made a friend from the waiter in the restaurant

to Presidents and Queens. Of the thousands of people who came out to show

their respect, people repeatedly commented that no matter what side of politics

you were on, he was a friend first. If you had a need, there would be an

encouraging phone call from him. That is quite something to say in these times.

This week is Holy Week, as we observe Jesus’ death on the cross and

resurrection. In Mark 14-16, we see Jesus go from Gethsemane to his trial, then

the cross, His burial and His resurrection, The disciples desert him first, and

Peter denies him. However, there were three women, Mary Magdalene, Mary the

mother of James and Salome: who were with Jesus at the crucifixion and then

after his death bought spices for his burial and were the first to realize that Christ

had risen from the dead. These ladies were then told by the angel to tell the

disciples. They took care of the Lord at a time when it wasn’t safe. But because

of what Jesus had done for them on earth they took care of him through death

Jesus said in John 15:13 “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for

one’s friends.”

Jesus showed us what being a true friend means. This Easter as we celebrate

our risen Lord, may we think of what His friendship means to us, that He was

crucified and rose again for our sins.


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