Jesus & The Gift of Friendship
Look upon Christ. You know well that He counts you among his close friends. We are the friends of the bridegroom, and he calls us to share his favor and his possessions. The words of the Book of Sirach about friendship — there is nothing so precious as a faithful friend — acquire their full meaning when applied to Christ: He showed his faithfulness by giving his life for each of us. Let us learn from him to be friends to our friends, and let us not cease to give them the best thing we have — our love for Jesus.
from In Conversation with God by Francis Fernandez Volume Four p. 548