Saturday of the Sixth Week of Easter
“Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.” (Jn 16:23b)
We are to ask the Father in Jesus’ name. We ask for what we need in his holy name. What’s in a name, you ask? Power! To name something is to claim it. Jesus wants us to claim him as our own, just as we are his.
Prayer is, among other things, asking for what we need: wisdom, guidance, purity of heart. Solomon was praised for asking not for riches and wealth but for wisdom. (see 1 Kgs 3:1-15) “Give us this day our daily bread,” we say in the Our Father. We are asking for what we need. “Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart.” (Lk 18:1, NRSV) Even when we don’t think we get what we asked for, we are encouraged to keep asking, to keep knocking, to keep seeking.
Read chapter 18 in St. Luke’s Gospel, or a favorite passage on prayer. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you today and always.
Reflection by Br. Luke Kral, OSB