09 Jun Jn 17:20 (Live in Dignity) by Shane Kapler
“I pray not only for these but also for those who through their teaching will come to believe in Me.” Jn 17:20 (full readings)
Shane’s Reflections: Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer – the knowledge that our Lord, as a Man, prayed for us is incredible to say the least. Do you want to hear a truth even more amazing though? Jesus prays in us, through us. Look at the final verse of today’s Gospel, “I have made Your Name known to them. . .so that the love with which you loved Me may be in them, and so that I may be in them.” The love with which the Father loves the Son is the Holy Spirit. Jesus dwells in us, and through the Holy Spirit, continues to love and give Himself to the Father, to pray to the Father, through us. We find this truth throughout the writings of St. Paul: “All who are led by the Spirit are sons of God,” and through the Spirit we, along with Jesus, “cry out ‘Abba!’” (Rm 8:14-15). From the first instant of our baptisms as infants, “The Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words. And he who searches the hearts of men knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God” (Rm 8:26-27). Because we form one Body with Christ, the “one mediator between God and man” (2 Tim 2:5), Paul could write, “First of all, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be offered for all men, especially for kings and those in authority, that we may be able to lead undisturbed and tranquil lives in perfect piety and dignity” (2 Tim 2:1-2).
* Shane Kapler is the author of “The God Who is Love: Explaining Christianity From Its Center.” He works as a speech therapist in St. Louis, but his favorite “job” is being a Dad. Visit www.explainingchristianity.com.
Faith Challenge: Let Jesus intensify His prayer for the unborn through you today, that they “may be able to lead undisturbed and tranquil lives in perfect dignity.” Pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, petitioning the Father through Jesus’ Passion for an end to abortion.
Our Prayers: Prayer to end abortion, Spiritual Adoption, Alpha Center, Peters family (JP). Add Prayers on our website. Pray with meals, bedtime, wake up, LIFE Runners, etc. Consider mid-week Family Rosary (17 min). Let’s pray now. >
Feast Day: St. Ephrem.
Faith Quote: “It is the one Savior of His Body, the Lord Christ Jesus, who prays for us and in us and Who is prayed to by us. Recognize therefore our own voice in Him and His voice in us.” ~ General Instruction of the Liturgy of the Hours, No.7.
* Pray/Fast: Prayer connects us with God’s will & His miracles, changing us & helping others. Fast from things that take your eyes off Jesus. Those who pray together stay together, and close to God!
* Save Unborn (& family): Abortion reality (images)…#1 death cause (23% pregnancies). Prov 24:11 & Jer 1:5. “A great poverty that a child must die that you might live as you wish.” Mother Teresa.
* Evangelize:Make room for unbelievers & re-evangelization of self, by way of prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of love (service/sacrifice/mercy). Matt 28:19.