May 23, 2020 (Saturday after the Ascension)
Day 8 of Laudato Si Week— Laudato Si also calls for the defence of human life right from the womb to its natural end. Support life in all its stages. Pray for all innocent people who have lost their lives because we have failed to protect and save their lives.
My Father loves you...
Dear friends in Christ, as we continue the preparation for Pentecost, the Lord reminds us of the Father's love for us. He had taught his disciples that, "If anyone loves me, he will keep my words and my Father will love him and we will make our home with him." Today's confirmation of the Father's love then, is a reminder that he is with us, not because we are perfect yet, but because we are on the journey to that perfection.
Good parents are often interested in who their children move with as friends and sometimes that leads to family ties. Jesus has made us his friends and his Father loves us too. This friendship with Jesus makes us adopted children of the Father. Jesus assures in today's Gospel (John16:23-28) "Truly I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father, He will give it to you in my name...ask and you will receive, that your joy may be full." We are very familiar today with asking and praying in the name of Jesus. Almost all our prayers end with, 'We ask this through Christ our Lord.' We must however understand that, when Jesus ask us to pray to the Father in his name and with a promise that we will get what we ask, that which we ask, cannot be something contrary to what he lived and taught. Praying in his name must mean, praying according to his will, and his will is that of the Father because as he taught us, 'he did not come to do his own will but that of the Father.' When our prayer is according to the mind of God as taught by Jesus, we are sure to receive what we ask.
In the first reading of today (Acts 18:23-28) Apollos who knew only the baptism of John at the time, was received into the church because his teaching was not contrary to that of Christ and the Apostles. He was then further instructed before he crossed into Achaia where he publicly defended the faith, "showing by the Scriptures that the Christ was Jesus."
‘You are loved by the Father’--very comforting words from Jesus, how are you an instrument of that love to those around you? What sort of relationship have you developed with God? What sort of prayer life do you have? Is your relationship with God just a matter of fulfilling obligations? Do you pray according to the mind of God based on what we have been taught by Jesus? Examine your prayer life, you can be more effective when you pray.
Let us pray: God our Heavenly Father, we thank you for your love for us in Christ Jesus, help us to spread that love to all those around us. Amen. May the Almighty God bless you, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.