A reading from the gospel according to John 16:23B-28:
Jesus said to his disciples:
23B “Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.
24 Until now you have not asked anything in my name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.
25 “I have told you this in figures of speech. The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures but I will tell you clearly about the Father.
26 On that day you will ask in my name, and I do not tell you that I will ask the Father for you.
27 For the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have come to believe that I came from God.
28 I came from the Father and have come into the world. Now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”
In the gospel reading above, the word “ask” is mentioned five times. Jesus is emphasizing the need for prayer. He gives us the assurance the our prayers are answered because God the Father loves us since we love Jesus whom we believed came from God.
We already know that real joy comes only from God. It is one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. A Christian is joyful not because he does not encounter difficulties in life but because he or she can endure any suffering out of confidence and hope that God will help him or her and will raise him up on the last day.
All of us came from the Father. Our life is a gift of God. Yet our life on earth is temporary, meaning, this world is not our home. Very soon, we will leave this world and, like Jesus, we will go back to our Creator. Life on earth is short. It is important to remind us of this truth and when we do, we will come to know and to appreciate the importance of each moment.
Dear Jesus, we believe that you came from the Father who loves us dearly. Thank you for loving us too. Help us now to love you more and to trust in your mercy and grace that our prayers are already answered. Amen.