Daily Gospel Reflection for May 27, 2017

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Today’s Gospel: John 16:23B-28

Jesus’ words “Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My Name He will give to you” are almost unbelievable at first reading. Really? Whatever I ask? The mind will surely race with possibilities. Our fallen nature may lead some of us to pray for possessions, wealth, travel experiences, etc. Some of us may also pray for the health of a sick loved one, a minute with a deceased friend or relative, world peace, or just peace of mind.

What’s interesting though is that in the very next line Jesus gives us a prerequisite: “Until now you have not asked anything in my name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete”. Docility, humility, and obedience are the things that come to mind as necessary conditions to “receive, so that your joy may be complete.” How hard is it for us to do the right thing all the time? How much of a challenge is it for us to live our faith in the individualistic and selfish throwaway world of today? And maybe this is exactly what Jesus is exhorting the Apostles to do, to face their challenges and fears. He knows that all of the them except for John will be martyrs. He knows that they will face terrible trials, but He will be the first. And still, He asks them to have the will and perseverance to follow Him. He will lead them and show them the way. Later when He begs the Father in Gethsemane to take the cup away, He immediately lets in the Father’s will and subsequently our salvation.

Ponder:

How often do we put limits on Jesus, keeping Him at arm’s length, simply because we lack the faith to allow Him to work within us?

Pray:

Lord Jesus, I thank You for all You have given me in this world. Please help me to be docile, humble, and obedient in my life, my work, and my prayer. Amen.

 

Copyright 2017 Michael Kotary

My name is Michael Kotary and I live outside of Kansas City with my wife of 15 years and 4 children. Because we move often and we have 4 kids we get the question “Are you military?” Or “Are you Mormon?” At that we usually smile and let them know about our wonderful faith.

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  1. “Until now you have not asked anything in my name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete”

    In the above statement definitely is hidden the actual message which Jesus meant to be. But in my perception, definitely not mine at all but attributed to the Holy Spirit who incessantly works through our Most Blessed Mother Ever Virgin Mary, in our hearts, there was only one task for Jesus, and for all those who imitate Him in spirit and truth, which you ended your article with:

    He immediately lets in the Father’s will!

    Now the Father’s will, through Jesus’ flesh and blood body sacrificed on the cross, was and is to receive souls from earth,
    PRECISELY THROUGH SOULS THEMSELVES, Jesus’ actual essence, FOOD, but AS HUMANS IN FLESH AND BLOOD, Satan’s property:

    John 4:34 Jesus saith to them: My food is to do the will of him that sent me, that I may PERFECT his work.

    Humans clothed in Satan’s element THE FLESH AND BLOOD, accomplish God’s will!

    which is confirmed also in Jesus’ own words in The Our Father prayer:

    “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven!”

    Now we come to the statement above:

    Until now you have not asked anything in my name;

    No one till then could pray God the Father in Jesus’ name and achieves God’s will, hence and saves souls.

    “ask and you will receive,”

    Now humans pray and ask God the Father anything related to God’s will and saves souls,

    “so that your joy may be complete”

    Complete how?

    The Father is in full joy as humans, seek God’s kingdom, and achieve things greater than what Jesus achieved, in a particular way: John 14:12 ………the works that I do, he also shall do; and greater than these shall he do.

    God receives souls out of the blues. Simply through human prayers from the heart, mind and body united as ONE in Jesus: especially while in one instant recite the Hail Marys of the Rosary and meditate on Jesus’ passion, and while recite the words ” for the sake of his sorrowful passion have mercy on us and of the whole world” and meditate on Our Lady of Sorrows, in full devotion and humility, preferably in one session. Depicted in

    Matthew 18:20 For where there are two or three gather together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

    Reflection: Where there are two: The Rosary, MARY’S and the Chaplet, JESUS’ vocally only, or three; when it includes the meditation mentioned above, united in Jesus, “THE WORD” both in the HEART and in the MIND ; There am I in the midst of them. Both the above prayers are attributed to “THE WORD” Jesus, the Son of Man. ALL IN HIM….
    Praying in this manner we would be THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD and

    When particular lost souls for a reason or another unaware of Jesus are running about in darkness searching for light and truth, weeping and gnashing their teeth, it is more likely that they end up desperate in hell.

    BUT ONCE THEY NOTICE THIS LIGHT FROM EARTH THROUGH OUR PRAYERS IN JESUS’ NAME, THEY COME NEAR US, AND SINCE THEY ALSO HAVE “THE WORD” JESUS , THE SON OF MAN, IN THEIR HEART, THEY WOULD REMAIN WITH US IN ORDER TO KNOW ALL ABOUT JESUS’ REDEMPTION AND MERCY. HENCE THEY ARE SAVED!

    Thus God the Father receives souls,

    HIS WILL ON EARTH THROUGH HUMAN PRAYERS! I REPEAT:

    IN THAT MOMENT IN TIME

    Through humans GOD’S WILL BE DONE ON EARTH, accomplished on earth

    AS IT IS IN HEAVEN.

    Now humans WHO PRAYS IN THIS MANNER, in return WOULD BE full of joy on earth, every time a soul is saved, by Jesus in their heart, the property of Mary, both as they knew that they build a treasure in heaven, and also that they would never lack anything physical on earth.

    SINCE THE PHYSICAL ELEMENT THE BODY, IS WORKING FOR GOD ON EARTH!

    Matthew 6:33 Seek ye therefore first the kingdom of God, and his JUSTICE, and all these things shall be added unto you.

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