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April 23, Tuesday  John 16: 22-30
“If You Ask The Father Anything In My Name”

In this reflection, we return to the conversation between Jesus and his disciples at the Last Supper.

Jesus has predicted his departure, and this is a source of grief to his disciples. But Jesus also speaks of his return – the coming of the Spirit – and of bringing joy to his disciples when he does. “When I see you again, then you will be joyful, and no one will ever rob your joy.”

On that day, the disciples can ask anything of the Father in Jesus’s name, and the Father will grant it. This is because the Father loves them, because they have loved Jesus and believed in him.

Can we ask for anything at all in Jesus’s name ? Yes, indeed we can. This is why the Church in its liturgical prayers always concludes, “We make this prayer through Jesus Christ, our Lord.” There is confidence here, the confidence of the disciple who knows his Master cares for him and knows what he needs even before being asked.

In fact even before the Last Supper, Jesus had stressed the availability of his Father to answer whatever his children – the disciples, that is – might need. His famous words were: “Ask and you will receive. Seek and you will find. Knock and it will be opened.”

Jesus had gone on to encourage persistence in prayer, even to make a nuisance of ourselves by importuning God for our needs. “After all, if you who are so imperfect, know how to give good things to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father not give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him !”

Words to remember and always put into practice!