"How did Jesus love His disciples and why did He love them? Ah! It was not their natural qualities that could have attracted Him, since there was between Him and them an infinite distance. He was knowledge, Eternal Wisdom, while they were poor ignorant fishermen filled with earthly thoughts. And still Jesus called them his friends, His brothers. He desires to see them reign with Him in the kingdom of His Father, and to open that kingdom to them He wills to die on the cross, for He said: 'Greater love than this no man has than that he lay down his life for his friends.'" [John 15:13]
- St. Thérèse of Lisieux, The Story of a Soul, ICS Publications, Manuscript C, Chapter 10.
Picture: "The Crucifixion" by a Westphalian master, England, abour 1490-1500, photo by me, taken at the Getty (lent by the Berger Collection). I could not find it presently on the Getty website. More information here.