May 7, 2016
Jn 16: 23b-28
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.
Asking and Receiving
It is quite possible, as we near the end of the Easter season, that the Scriptures of these days blend one into the other. Today’s gospel passage offers us a flashing “green light” with Jesus’ personal invitation to “ask and you will receive…that your joy may be full.” What a consoling invitation. No matter how difficult the challenge or painful the decision, Jesus does not leave us alone. He promises to stand with us and our families no matter what.
Can I really believe that Jesus means what he says? Can I accept Jesus’ presence and action in my life, especially in those moments when a relationship is frayed, a family situation seems impossible, my own life seems a difficult mess? Pope Francis invites us to beg Jesus for mercy and perspective. The Holy Father suggests us that we ask Jesus to come into whatever “mess” is before us. Can I open my hands and heart to the Risen Lord today, ready to receive the mercy and new life that Jesus offers?
—The Jesuit prayer team
Lord Jesus Christ, you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father, and have told us that whoever sees you sees him. Show us your face and we will be saved….You are the visible face of the invisible Father, of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy: let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified…..
Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with the Holy Spirit’s anointing, so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord, and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor, proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed, and restore sight to the blind. We ask this through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy, you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever. Amen.
—Pope Francis: Excerpts from the Jubilee Year Prayer for Mercy 2016
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