Read: Sirach 6:5-17. Proverbs 18:24. John 15:11-14.
The word “friend” has taken on new levels of superficiality in the age of Facebook, but there have always been different types of “friends”. Sirach identifies some of them for us in chapter 6:5-17. Many of them we recognize in the people we encounter daily. Sirach teaches us that not all friends are equal in value to us.
For example, there is a big difference between an acquaintance and a confidant. Some friends disappear when we need them most. Others, though they bear the name “friend”, are really enemies, for they harm rather than help us. But this does not give us the right to hate them. We can “unfriend” them on Facebook but what really happens in your heart and your “unfriend’s” heart?
Jesus tells us that being a friend means to love one another as He loves us. He says that we can be a true friend even to those who refuse to be friends in return.
1. What is your definition of a friend? Do you consider yourself a faithful friend?
2. What are the qualities that you look for in a true friend? Do others see these same qualities in you?
3. How can you improve your ‘friendship’ relationships: In your action group? In your family? In your BCBP community and chapter? In your neighborhood?