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The Everyday Prayer

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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Whoever lives and believes in me
will never die.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

John 16, 23b-28

Until now you have not asked anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and so your joy will be complete.

I have been telling you these things in veiled language. The hour is coming when I shall no longer speak to you in veiled language but tell you about the Father in plain words.

When that day comes you will ask in my name; and I do not say that I shall pray to the Father for you,

because the Father himself loves you for loving me, and believing that I came from God.

I came from the Father and have come into the world and now I am leaving the world to go to the Father.'


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

If you believe, you will see the glory of God,
thus says the Lord.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

In the past days, the Gospel of John revealed to us the circle of love that unites the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and that also surrounds the disciples. The fruit of this spreading love is joy. The disciples can rejoice because they are no longer alone and abandoned to the fate of sin and death. Communion with Jesus determines a new state of the disciples: children of God. Believers, therefore, can ask anything of the Father, and He will grant it. This certainty is the reason for “complete” joy. Jesus said to them, “Until now you have not asked for anything in my name,” that is, they did not join Jesus in the communion of his Spirit. Their faith was still immature, they thought of Jesus in a human way, within the categories of the world. To understand Jesus and to be close to him, we need to accept his very Spirit in our hearts. The disciples will receive it on the day of Pentecost and it will stay with them all of their days. We too receive the Spirit in sacramental signs and whenever the Word is proclaimed. As Jesus’ disciples then, the eyes of our heart open and we understand the great mystery of love that surrounds us. Jesus had just said, “I have said these things to you while I am still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, … will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you” (Jn 14:25- 26). Communion with Jesus is not the result of abstract and exterior knowledge; it is above all a communion of love and of trusting abandonment to him. Overwhelmed by this love, the Apostle Paul said, “For to me, living is Christ” (Phil 1:21). Communion with Jesus allows us to understand the following words: “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.” Jesus says to his disciples and to us that he came on earth to be one with his disciples and to bring them into the bosom of the Father. He is going to pass from this world to the Father. And yet, he returns to the Father no longer alone, as he had descended, but with the disciples of yesterday, today and tomorrow, whom he acquired with his own blood. We thank the Lord for his love that surrounds us and saves us.

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