Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. John 12:1-2

We don’t often think of Jesus having close friends, other than perhaps His disciples, but Mary, Martha and Lazarus of Bethany are mentioned frequently in the Gospel. Jesus needed the love and support of friends as much as any of us. Through this relationship He demonstrated the importance of being connected to others and to God.

God so wants to be part of our lives! He wants us to accept the love He has for us, and also accept the responsibility that connection requires. Just like having close friends requires time and attention, so does our relationship with God. Making time for Him is essential to our faith and our ability to share the Good News with others.

Find time to spend in conversation with the Lord through prayer and searching the scriptures. Your life will be enriched and you will be blessed!

God of love, we want You in our daily lives. Make us faithful in our spiritual practices that we may be closer to You and to our brothers and sisters. Amen.

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