St. Matthias
John 15:9-17
Today’s gospel reading tells of the time when Jesus described his relationship with his disciples as a friendship. It was the night before his death. He became very personal and specific, saying to his disciples: “You are my friends.” So even in the life of the Lord, friendship played a positive role. It was a part of the strength that enabled him to face the cross with unfailing courage and uncompromised honor.