On that day you will ask nothing of me. Very truly, I tell you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.
“I have said these things to you in figures of speech. The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures, but will tell you plainly of the Father. On that day you will ask in my name. I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf; for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.
I came from the Father and have come into the world; again, I am leaving the world and am going to the Father.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
As I write this reflection, Mother’s Day has just passed. While there’s much to appreciate about my mom, I believe that what she and my late dad did best as my sister and I grew up was to delight in their children. They reveled in us being us—gifted and flawed—and we knew it.
At first glance, the essence of today’s Gospel seems to be contained in the first sentence; ask God, in Jesus’ name, for whatever you need, and you will receive it. While the clarity and generosity of this truth offer comfort, I am drawn instead to the second half of Jesus’ declaration. Go to God directly, as you are, he clarifies. God our Creator, the one Jesus calls Father, already loves us…already knows us…already delights in us.
What do I need from God today? What prevents me from going to God and asking for what I need?
Behold God beholding you…and smiling.
—Anthony De Mello, SJPlease share the Good Word with your friends!