Friendship with God and Others


I can analyze scripture and reflect on my friendship with God and others.

Warm Up

Activity 1: Garden

Watch the “Garden,” and then answer the questions on the handout.



So the LORD God cast a deep sleep on the man, and while he was asleep, he took out one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. The LORD God then built the rib that he had taken from the man into a woman. When he brought her to the man, the man said: “This one, at last, is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; This one shall be called ‘woman,’ for out of man this one has been taken.” The man and his wife were both naked, yet they felt no shame. Now the snake was the most cunning of all the wild animals that the LORD God had made. He asked the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You shall not eat from any of the trees in the garden’?” The woman answered the snake: “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden; it is only about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden that God said, ‘You shall not eat it or even touch it, or else you will die.’” But the snake said to the woman: “You certainly will not die! God knows well that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods, who know good and evil.” The woman saw that the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eyes, and the tree was desirable for gaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves. When they heard the sound of the LORD God walking about in the garden at the breezy time of the day, the man and his wife hid themselves from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. The LORD God then called to the man and asked him: Where are you? He answered, “I heard you in the garden; but I was afraid, because I was naked, so I hid.” Then God asked: Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat? The man replied, “The woman whom you put here with me—she gave me fruit from the tree, so I ate it.” The LORD God then asked the woman: What is this you have done? The woman answered, “The snake tricked me, so I ate it.” Then the LORD God said to the snake: Because you have done this, cursed are you among all the animals, tame or wild; On your belly you shall crawl, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; They will strike at your head, while you strike at their heel. To the woman he said: I will intensify your toil in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Yet your urge shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you. To the man he said: Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, You shall not eat from it, Cursed is the ground because of you In toil you shall eat its yield all the days of your life. Thorns and thistles it shall bear for you, and you shall eat the grass of the field.

Catechism of the Catholic Church no. 2223

Discussion Questions

We spoke of a harmony between man and creation, man and God, and man and woman before the Fall. This “harmony” is known as Original Justice. Our original state of justice was lost after the Fall, but God works through the Sacraments and through grace to bring us back into relationship with Him and all of creation (including one another). God is always calling us back to Himself; it’s just a matter of how we listen. This “harmony” with God and others can also be seen as a “friendship.”

Friendship with God is really quite simple. Think of the way that you relate to your best friend in the world. How do you treat him or her? How often do you talk? Do you share your thoughts and feelings? Do you respect and love your friend?

Now, let’s relate this to God. If you want to have a friendship with God, spend time with Him, talk to Him, visit Him in Adoration, go to Mass to give Him love and worship, and share everything with Him—all of your thoughts, feelings, hurts, and hopes. Just as we would share these things with our best friends, we need to share them with God in order to be friends with Him.

Activity 2: Friendship Writing

Responds to the following prompts: