Ask Anything

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.”
(John 16:23-28)

Scripture Study

16:23 ask nothing … ask anything: Two different Greek verbs are translated “ask” in this verse: the first means “to question”, and the second “to request”. So the disciples must not interrogate Jesus when they see him risen, but they may petition the Father for their needs (CCC 2614).

16:25 in figures: Refers back to the metaphor of the true vine (15:1–6) and probably to numerous parables in the Synoptic Gospels that tell us about the Father (Mt 21:33–41; 22:1–14; Lk 13:6–9).

Scripture Reflection

Friends, today’s Gospel urges us to expect the Father to answer our prayers because he loves us. “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.”

Keep in mind that prayer is not designed so much to change God’s mind or to tell God something he doesn’t know. God isn’t like a big city boss or a reluctant pasha whom we have to persuade. He is, rather, the one who wants nothing other than to give us good things—though they might not always be what we want.

The entire point of religion is to make us humble before God and to open us to the path of love. Everything else is more or less a footnote. Liturgy, prayer, the precepts of the Church, the commandments, sacraments, sacramentals—all of it—are finally meant to conform us to the way of love. When they instead turn us away from that path, they have been undermined.

– Bishop Robert Barron

May the virtues of faith, hope, and love go with you today – DV.

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