From the Word of the Day
In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. (John 16: 23-24)
How should we live this Word
In this Gospel passage, Jesus tells us to ask the Father in His Name, to pray through Him. This is why Liturgical prayers always end with the invocation to Christ our Lord, to which we respond, Amen!
“If you ask the Father anything in my Name, He will give it to you”. How often we doubt that our prayers are heard. However, Jesus confirms this – your prayers are not only heard, they are answered. Thus, we must ask the Father. It is the children who ask the Father, those who know they are God’s children. We do not often treat God as the Owner, and we forget that God the Father listens to the prayers of the children, of the poor, of the sick, of those who make themselves little. They are humble, and hidden in the palm of His hand. They are certain to be heard. This is the attitude we must increase in ourselves…that we are heard. It is called faith!
Lord, I believe! Increase my faith!
The Voice of Pope Francis
Prayer to the Father in the name of Jesus makes us get out of ourselves. The prayer that annoys us is always within ourselves, like a thought that comes and goes. But true prayer is getting out of ourselves and going toward the Father in Jesus’ Name. It is an exodus out of ourselves.