Tuesday, January 11, 2011
That's What Friends Are For
The gospels are the ultimate Buddy Stories, wouldn't you agree? Yes, they tell us about the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. But Jesus wasn't on the road alone. For an estimated three years he rambled around his corner of the ancient world with a posse of followers. They squabbled and learned, abandoned Jesus and then renewed their commitment to his cause and to him. Despite the teacher student relationship, at his last meal with the disciples Jesus tells them that they are his friends, and that friends lay down their lives for friends.
Two of the best movies I saw in 2010 were stories of friendships, unusual though they were. The King's Speech is about the relationship which developed between King George VI of England and the speech therapist who helped him overcome his crippling stammer. At one point in the film the king admits that he has no friends because of the isolating role of a monarch. At the end of the film there is a scroll which tells us that they did remain friends until the end of the king"s life.
The other picture is The Fighter which is as much about the strange and powerful relationship between two step-brothers as it is about boxing. At times the relationship is so strained that they don't have much to do with one another, but in the end they are reconciled.
Did you see these movies? How important are friendships to you? Have you formed lasting friendships within your faith community?