Posted by: livingscripture | May 26, 2017

Sixth Friday of Eastertide

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

May 26, 2017

SIXTH FRIDAY OF EASTERTIDE

 

WORD of the DAY 

So you also are now in anguish. But I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you.    On that day you will not question me about anything.   Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.    (John 16 : 22-23)

How shall I live this Word?

“No one will take your joy away from you!”  The joy that Jesus gives is an eternal joy that fills the heart and life, so that there is need of nothing else.  The joy of Jesus is the joy of those who understand and taste suffering, failure, death not as the last word, but as the source of new life.  The joy Jesus gives is not the fruit of our proud conquests, but the gift that flows from His love, crucified and risen.  It is a gift that can fill us at every moment as long as we keep our heart open to receive it and to give it; open like that of Jesus!

Lord, grant that my greatest joy in life may be that of knowingly asking You, “May Your will, not mine, be done”, because it is the greatest sign of what I feel in Your hands and how much I entrust myself to You.  Amen.

 

The Voice of St. Augustine  – Comment on the Gospel of John

 Now we need to explain the words of the Lord:  “Amen, amen I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you”…the expression ‘in my name’, needs to be taken in the real and true sense of what the name of Christ contains and proclaims.  Thus, those who have an idea of Christ that does not correspond with the reality of the only begotten Son of God, do not ask in His Name, even if they pronounce the letters and syllables that make up His name, because when we pray, we ask in the name of the one we have in our mind.  Instead, those who have an idea of Christ in conformity with the truth, ask in the name of Christ, and if the request is not contrary to their eternal salvation, they will obtain what they ask.  However, they will obtain what they should obtain.  In fact, there are things that are not negated but that are deferred to be given at the opportune time.  Thus, in the words, ‘He will give you’, we must understand the benefits that are destined to those who pray rightly.  All the just are listened to when they ask what is for their advantage, not what they ask in favor of their friends or enemies or anyone else:  in fact, the Lord does not say generically, He will give, but ‘I will give you’.

 

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