Posts tagged “Friendship

Sermo Dei: Palmarum 2014

Posted on April 13th, 2014

“Friend, why have you come?” So Jesus said to His betrayer. So He says to you. “Friend, why have you come?” Judas seeks to betray Him. Others seek to control Him. Soon they will beat Him, batter Him, abuse Him. Yet Jesus calls His betrayer “friend.” “Friend, why have you come?”   What is this? Does Jesus not understand? Is it irony, tongue in messianic cheek?   No. He understands what is happening. Nevertheless, He calls His betrayer “friend.”     Betrayal hurts. There is a prophecy of Judas in the Psalms: “Even my own familiar friend in whom I trusted, Who ate my bread, Has lifted up his heel against me.” (Ps. 41.9) “My own familiar friend.” Betrayal hurts. Still, Jesus calls Judas…

Courtesy, intimacy, and confidence

Posted on January 7th, 2013

Is there a feeling worse than being betrayed by one you took into your trust? Via @wendyfrome on Twitter, this quotation from George Washington seems sound advice: Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.

Bacon lollipops and other foreshadowings of the reign of heaven

Posted on November 8th, 2011

Today’s lunchtime was a bittersweet farewell to my good friend Mike, who is moving to Texas. We went to Founding Farmers, which is just amazing in every respect. Mike had the recklessly wonderful idea to order the Bacon Lollis, thick bacon with a cinnamon and brown sugar glaze, served on sticks. I’m pretty sure my doctor doesn’t read my blog, which is a very, very good thing today. Jim Gaffigan really needs to try these. I’ve been to Founding Farmers twice before, ordering the Macaroni and Cheese (the goodness of which cannot be described) and the southern classic Fried Chicken and Waffles, which is a true exercise in hedonism. Today I thought I’d try the Rotisserie Chicken: When I ordered it, I didn’t think…