Daily Reflection – May 7, 2016
Saturday 7 May 2016
First Reading: Acts 18:23-28
God is king of all the earth
Psalm 46(47):2-3, 8-10
Gospel Reading: John 16:23-28
Today’s Note: Saturday of the Sixth Week of Easter
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.
Until now you have not asked anything in my name;
ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.
“I have told you this in figures of speech.
The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures
but I will tell you clearly about the Father.
On that day you will ask in my name,
and I do not tell you that I will ask the Father for you.
For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me
and have come to believe that I came from God.
I came from the Father and have come into the world.
Now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”
‘Ask and you will receive so that your joy may be complete.’
No prayer is wasted. Full-hearted asking of God always brings a gift in return; it may be a specific grace or petition we ask for, or it may be simply the deep support from God that enables us to cope and to grow even when life is difficult.
Take some time to consider how God has answered your prayer, allowing your joy to be more complete by recognizing, appreciating and giving thanks.
There may be aspects of Jesus’ presence in your life that you do not fully recognise or comprehend. Allow Jesus to place you in the presence of his father who loves you and consider your life from this perspective.
Recall prayers that you made in the past. Ask God to bless your recollection and perception so you may be able to recognise how they were answered. Give thanks to God for his steadfast love.