There are two important truths reflected in the parable which we hear Our Lord tell at Mass today (Matthew 13:47-50). First, God extends an offer of friendship to all people (the net catches every type of fish). Second, not everyone choses to accept God’s offer of friendship (there are good and bad fish). Those who chose not to accept this offer of friendship are thrown into the “fiery furnace.” Part of the job of a disciple is to encourage others to enter into a relationship with Jesus. Friends talk regularly, share interests and spend time together. How can we say we are a friend of Jesus unless we pray, intentionally engage our faith, attend church, and help others to do the same?