Posted by: livingscripture | May 19, 2012

Easter Saturday Six

From the Word of the Day

“Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.”

                                                      (John16: 23)                                                                                                                                                                 


How should we live this Word 

Jesus knows that His passion is imminent, yet He is preoccupied for His disciples.  He seeks to give them courage and hope, helping them to think of after, to the joy that will follow the Resurrection.  Up to now, they had not prayed to the Father in Jesus’ name.  The Resurrection will give them this right and the Father will respond.  Tenderly, Jesus stresses the Father’s love.  ‘I do not tell you that I will pray for you because it is not necessary, the Father loves you.’  The Risen Jesus realizes the communion of the whole of humanity with God.

Our love for Him is concretized in our believing, loving, and accepting Jesus, the One the Father sent.  The more we enter into this logic, the more our every prayer; work, joy, and suffering are united to that of Jesus as the expression of love for God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  The gift of love given to us by the Risen Jesus makes us capable of understanding and penetrating ever more deeply the mystery of God hidden in Jesus.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will be consoled by the name of Jesus, a name that expresses all the merciful love of the Trinity for me and for all of humanity.

Lord Jesus, I ask the Father in Your Name for openness of mind and of heart to believe, love, and accept You as my Savior, my King, the Lord I want to follow always and forever in the full liberty of the Spirit.

The voice of Anselm Grun, Benedictine 

Jesus, illumine our heart that the glory of God may return to shine on all of us and on what is evil, restless, obscure, banishing the darkness of our heart.  In joy, the heart expands and experiences the fullness and freedom of the Resurrection.

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