Jesus tells us something today that should absolutely astonish us: that you and I are called to be not just his servants, but his friends. The eternal and almighty God who created the heavens and the earth, who needs nothing and knows everything—this God wants to be friends with you and me. It means that God wants to spend time with us, to talk around the dinner table long into the night, for no other reason than the joy of friendship. It means God is faithful like a true friend is faithful, there for us when we need him, even if it means laying down his life. It means that the closer we are to God, the more we grow into better, fuller versions of ourselves. The wisest thinkers in the history of the church saw here a deep clue to the heart of the Christian faith. St. Thomas Aquinas said that this shows what we were made for: friendship with God. That’s why God made us: so that we could be his friends.