May 20 2023 Gospel Reading and Reflection

5/20/2023 (Saturday) Today’s gospel reading: 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.”

5/20/2023 (Saturday) Today’s gospel reflection: John 16:23B-28

In the name of Jesus

In the gospel reading above, Jesus is once again reminding us of the need for constant prayer. Although in another gospel passage, He tells us that God the Father knows all our needs even before we ask them (Matthew 6:8), there is a need for constant communication between God and His children. In other words for our relationship with God to grow deeper, we need to pray more often and that includes lifting up to Him our supplication. Yet, we often experience “unanswered prayers”. This happens because God knows better what we truly needs or what makes us happy. Our joy is complete when we entrust to God everything through Jesus.

There is one important aspect of prayer that Jesus wants us to reflect upon based on the gospel reading above. He is inviting us to pray in His name because there is power in His name! Let us remember that He and the Father are one (John 10:38). He wants us to always remember Him in everything most especially in our prayers. When we ask God to grant our petitions by invoking the name of Jesus, we are actually aligning our life with that of His Son Jesus. Thus, we are also aligning our petitions with the will of God. At the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus has shown us what prayer is all about – seeking not our will but the will of God. That is why when we ask God anything, He will grant us if we do it in Jesus’ name in whom God’s favor rest.

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