Today is the Feast Day of St. Luke and as he begins his Gospel he greets the recipient as Theophilus or friend of God. Another translation might be beloved of God. How many of us really know that God is a friend and we are the beloved? The author of Luke and Acts knew and captures the love story of our Creator and Brother in the pages of what he writes.
What does it mean to be a friend to the God of the universe? How does one hang out with a Friend like this? When do we know deep within ourselves that this Friend is the one who is there for us at all times, in all places, and in every situation? This Friendship is like no other. We are the Beloved of the One who knows no limits to mercy and forgiveness. It does not matter how many times we do not act lovingly toward this Friend. This buddy has our best interests at heart–at all times, even when we do not seem to understand what is going on.
When was the last time you invited your Friend for a quiet and intimate chat?