Based on the Writings of St. Joseph Sebastian Pelczar
In our life we sometimes feel alone and abandoned. We desire to have someone close who would be a support, help and consolation. The Holy Scripture calls such a faithful friend a treasure that not everyone finds (cf. Eccl 6:14). St. Joseph Sebastian Pelczar writes, “The Lord Jesus is such a friend to everyone, especially in the Most Blessed Sacrament. During His earthly life, the Lord Jesus loved everyone infinitely, yet His Heart was not indifferent to the human sentiments of friendship towards some. By this He wanted to give us an example of what kind of friendship we should keep and what this friendship entails.”
Among His chosen friends were, above all, His disciples, whom He kept close to Him throughout three years and whom He not only taught but also endured and sanctified. During the Last Supper He said to them openly: I no longer speak of you as slaves, for a slave does not know what his master is about. Instead, I call you friends, since I have made known to you all that I heard from my Father (Jn 15:15). Among those He called friend were Lazarus from Bethany, Peter and James –who accompanied Him on Mount Tabor, and John – to whom He entrusted His Mother from the cross.
When He ascended into heaven, He did not cease to be a friend to all, especially to those who believe in Him, trust Him and love Him. For them, He remains on earth a prisoner of love in so many tabernacles, and desires to be united most intimately with them. In holy baptism the Lord Jesus admits the soul to union with Himself. Later, He strengthens and perfects this friendship whenever the Christian receives Him devoutly in Holy Communion.
The Lord Jesus is a faithful friend, since He accompanies us at each step of our life to support us in our work, shield us in battle, console us in suffering, and lift us up when we fall.
He accompanies us to the very end…St. Joseph Sebastian Pelczar
He is a sincere friend in that He desires not his own benefits, but our true good. He is a noble friend, since He shares everything with us, and not only gives His life for us, but even gives His very self as food. He is a tender friend, because He never abandons us unless we ourselves reject Him. But if we do so, He draws close to us, seeking our reconciliation with Himself. If we shed but one tear of sincere contrition, but, with confession cry out: ‘I have sinned, but, do Thou, O Lord, forgive me!” He immediately forgets even the gravest transgressions and restores us to His friendship. The Lord Jesus is a faithful friend, since He accompanies us at each step of our life to support us in our work, shield us in battle, console us in suffering, and lift us up when we fall. He accompanies us to the very end, until with His assistance we happily enter that eternal realm where Jesus bestows His glory and satisfies us with His happiness.
Consider that the goodness and tenderness of this Friend is shown especially when He consoles the afflicted – for example at the wedding at Cana, or when He is approached by the Canaanite woman; when He raises Lazarus from the dead and consoles his two sisters; or when in Naim He restores a young man to life, thus taking pity on a mother’s tears. This Friend does not even abandon us at the final and sometimes great agony at our moment of death.