Gospel text (Jn 16, 23-28):
Jesus said to his disciples, «When that day comes you will not ask me anything. Truly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my Name, He will give you. So far you have not asked in my Name; ask and receive that your joy may be full. I taught you all this in veiled language, but the time is coming when I shall no longer speak in veiled language, but will tell you plainly of the Father. When that day comes, you will ask in my Name and it will not be for me to ask the Father for you, for the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and you believe that I came from the Father. As I came from the Father and have come into the world, so I am leaving the world and going to the Father».
Jesus bids farewell to his disciples with words full of tenderness and love. Now the hour has come. He has come from God and today He departs to His Father. The mission is accomplished, and we, his children, are called to follow Christ, our way to the Father. This is why Jesus asks us to pray, to pray in his name. Since Jesus is God made Man, our prayer is more easily carried by the Son of Man. He is the Head of this Church, we are the members. From now on, everything will happen with Him, in Him and through Him, the only door to the Kingdom of God.
Prayer is a request, certainly yes, but before asking, we must establish a relationship with God, an affective and fatherly relationship. This relationship is possible through Jesus, the beloved Son, the envoy of the Father, Man-God. Jesus, in his humanity, helps us to re-establish an affective relationship with his Father. It is in Jesus that we can love God and God makes us understand his love in Jesus.
Action of the Day: Pray without ceasing
«As I came from the Father (...) so I am leaving the world and going to the Father»
Fr. Xavier ROMERO i Galdeano
(Cervera, Lleida, Spain)
Today, vigil of our Lord's Ascension into Heaven, the Gospel leaves us with some very fond farewell words. Jesus let us share his most precious mystery; God Father is his origin and, at the same time, his destination: «As I came from the Father and have come into the world, so I am leaving the world and going to the Father» (Jn 16:28).
This great Truth of the Second Person of the Holy Trinity should be constantly hammering into our heads: Jesus is really the Son of God: God Father is his origin and God Father is his destination.
For those who claim to know everything on God, but question Jesus' Divine filiation, today's Gospel has an important thing they should remember: “He, who” the Jews name God is who sent Jesus to us; He is, therefore, the Father to those who believe. With this we are clearly told that God can only and truly be known by those who accept Jesus' Father is God.
But Jesus' Divine filiation also reminds us of another important thing for our lives: those baptized into Christ are sons of God through the Holy Spirit. And this hides a most beautiful mystery for us: this adoptive fatherhood by God towards us is different of human adoption insofar it has a true foundation in each one of us, as it implies a new birth. Consequently, he who has been accepted in the great Divine Family is no longer a stranger to it.
This is why in the Mass Collects of the Ascension Day we shall all be reminded that all children must follow the steps of the Son: «Grant us, we pray, almighty God, the gift of a blessed joy and the rejoicing of a burning thanksgiving, for the Ascension into the heavens of Christ, your Son, also is our submission and glory, for where the Head ascended the body hopes to ascend, too». So no Christian should therefore let be left behind, for this is far more important than participating in any marathon race, the finishing line being in Heaven, with the very God!