Reflection on John 16:23b-28 ~
If we embrace an interior life there is a constant up and down cycling. One moment Jesus may seem dramatically present, then feelings of abandonment might surface. There are times when very little is understood, then a flood. There is anguish as imperfections become unmasked, then great joy and peace. There is eureka of great belief when we choose to surrender and walk with Christ. We learn to behind worldliness so we may be reshaped into the wholeness intended by the Father’s love.
The Exhortation to the Apostles, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum
John 16 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
Very truly, I tell you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. 24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.
Peace for the Disciples
25 “I have said these things to you in figures of speech. The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures, but will tell you plainly of the Father. 26 On that day you will ask in my name. I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf; 27 for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. 28 I came from the Father and have come into the world; again, I am leaving the world and am going to the Father.”
Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this reflection on John 16:23b-28.