I have a friend who really likes coffee. Dunkin Donuts’ coffee. For her, it’s Dunkin or nothing.
Which is why I was surprised to see her sitting in Starbucks.
“I thought you didn’t like Starbucks.”
“Then why are you here?”
“I’m meeting a friend. She likes Starbucks.”
In today’s Gospel, Jesus says “you are my friends if you do what I command you.”
A lot of people hear a condition in those words. A grade school “I-won’t-like-you-if-you-don’t-do-it-my-way.” I get why the translation would make it seem like that. But it’s not what Jesus meant.
The real sense of it? It’s all part of what Jesus means when He says “I have called you friends.”
It’s what all of us do for our friends and those we love. We do what we do, because they’re the people who matter most to us.
It’s about understanding that this is exactly the kind of relationship that God wants to have with each of us. And treating God just like we would treat anyone else who really matters to us.
Even if that means going to Starbucks.