On that day you will ask nothing of me. Very truly, I tell you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete. “I have said these things to you in figures of speech. The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures, but will tell you plainly of the Father. 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.
I came from the Father and have come into the world; again, I am leaving the world and am going to the Father.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
Have you ever wondered how it came about that, in the liturgy of Christian communities, the prayers which the presider offers conclude with words like these: “We ask this through Jesus Christ, Our Lord”? I think that we have the answer in John’s Gospel when Jesus says in three different ways that we should pray in his name: “Whatever you ask in my name, I will do.” (14:13); “If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it.” (14:14); and “… so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.” (15:16). We also know from the Letter to the Philippians (2:9-11) that this sacred name has extraordinary power: “Because of this (that Jesus humbled himself taking on our humanity, and submitting to death on a cross to save us) God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
May we always speak this sacred name with reverence!
—Fr. Robert Braunreuther, S.J., a Jesuit of the New England province, assists in University Ministry at Loyola University Chicago, where he is also minister of the Arrupe House Jesuit community.
Holy Jesus, in your resurrection and ascension, you give us a glimpse into the heart of the Trinity. These holy days, help me to walk in your footsteps, sure along the path towards our final journey with you and the Father, in the Holy Spirit. Glory to you, today and always. Amen!
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