Posted by: livingscripture | May 3, 2017

SAINTS PHILIP and JAMES

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

May 3, 2017

THIRD WEDNESDAY OF EASTERTIDE

SAINTS PHILIP and JAMES

 

 

WORD of the DAY 

If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it. (John 14: 13)

How shall I live this Word?

Philip asks Jesus, “Show us the Father and that will be enough for us!”.  Jesus’ response is a bit disappointing!  “Have I been with you so long and yet you do not know me?  Whoever has seen Me, has seen the Father…The Father and I are one”.  It is precisely by penetrating this affirmation that we come to understand the awesome promise: “If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it!”

We ask, what does it mean to ask in His name?  The name signifies the person.  Thus, Jesus wants to say that it deals with praying in close union with Him.  It is precisely because Jesus is one with the Father, that the Father wants whatever He wants within a love for human beings that is His giving Himself in His passion, death, and resurrection.   Thus, praying in His name means becoming more and more intimate with His person.  It is being sure of Him, of His love for us, of His desire for our true good, in the plan His Father knows.  It is being in the greatest love.  Evidently in this area, with clarity of perspectives illuminated by the Word, our asking can never be the pretense of obtaining what pleases us and seems just, good, and beautiful.

Praying in Jesus’ name means entering more and more into the interior climate of trust and of abandonment, like that of “a weaned child on its mother’s breast”.

I will pray in quiet contemplation:

Lord, I play out everything on You.  My joy is to pray to You and remain with You!

The Voice of the Carmelite Fathers

 Jesus makes us a promise to say that His intimacy with the Father is not only His privilege, but it is possible for all those who believe in Him.  We too, through Jesus, can reach to do beautiful things for others like Jesus did for the people of His time.  He intercedes for us.  Everything people ask of Him, He asks the Father and obtains it, if it is for our good.

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