Vincentian Reflection for Sunday, May 12

SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
Or the Feast of the ASCENSION (See readings for May 9)
May 12, 2013

Gospel: (John 17:20-26)

Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed, saying: “Holy Father, I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they may also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me….Righteous Father, the world also does not know you, but I know you, and they know that you sent me. I made known to them your name and I will make it known, that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in them.

Reflection:

The gospel of this Sunday affords us an opportunity to reflect on the self-surrender of giving ourselves over to God in the intimacy of prayer. Just as Jesus’ prayer reveals us as sharing in Jesus’ glory and unity with the Father, so will our own prayer reveal both our union with God and our union with each other. As Jesus was prompted in his prayer to look not to himself but to the well-being of his disciples, so does our prayer draw us out of ourselves toward God and concern for others. Thus, prayer itself is a kind of self-sacrificing surrender for others. (Living Liturgy, p.136)

Vincentian Meditation:

We have seen a revival of interest in prayer all over the world. Groups of people come together to pray because they believe more deeply than they did, in the power and efficacy of Christian prayer. In St. Augustine’s view, a petitionary prayer is releasing from our hearts some of the thousands of desires that are locked up within them. God has too much respect for that inner sanctuary of our hearts to enter it unasked. So He invites us to present those desires to Him so that He in turn can fulfill them. In our heart there is a desire to possess God. There is a desire to do His will. There is a desire to help our friends, a desire to help the poor. Every simple prayer of petition is a releasing from our heart of one of these desires in order that God may be allowed in His goodness to fulfill it. (McCullen, Deep Down Things, p. 651)

Discussion: (Share your thoughts after a moment of silence)

What prayers of petition do we want to present to God?
Closing Prayer:
Let us remember our needs and the needs of all people:
-God our Father, hear our prayer.
For the Church, that she may radiate peace and joy,
-God our Father, hear our prayer.
For all members of the Society who serve the poor in their need,
-God our Father, hear our prayer.
For all those suffering from oppression and poverty,
-God our Father, hear our prayer. Amen.

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