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Being that this text will be read on Mother’s Day, it is perhaps appropriate to consider the parent-child relationship. An adoptive parent has the choice of when and whom to adopt.One would expect that the choice is made out of love.

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The branches draw their sustenance from their connection to the vine.There is a strong sense of mutuality present in this discourse, as Jesus says to the disciples—you’re no longer servants, you’re friends. It is one of equality, and according to John, Jesus is lifting his disciples (and us) to such a status. God chose David to form a kingdom despite his youth and lowly position.It is important to remember that this status is not one we can aspire to. There was nothing about these persons that made them stand out, but God made the choice. We probably make too much of their apparent lack of distinction, but nonetheless it is Jesus who chooses who will be his companions.As it is written in a hymn of Jean Janzen, based on the writings of Julian of Norwich: We have been chosen by Jesus to be his friends and his continuing presence in the world. All we can do, as Karl Barth suggests is, “as the beloved of God we have no alternative but to love Him in return.In the dawning splendor of his glory, we have no alternative but hope” [The Epistle to the Romans, p. Having been chosen out of love, as friends (children) of Christ and of God there is the expectation that we will bear fruit.

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