WORD of the DAY 

Jesus said to his disciples: “Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you. Until now you have not asked anything in my name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete. “I have told you this in figures of speech. The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures but I will tell you clearly about the Father. On that day you will ask in my name, and I do not tell you that I will ask the Father for you. For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have come to believe that I came from God. I came from the Father and have come into the world.
Now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”    (John 16: 23b-28)

How shall I live this Word?  

The disciple is called to ask the Father for ‘something’, in the name of Jesus, to pray to God through the Teacher. Jesus Himself asks us to pray to the Father in His name to ask for what gives us joy.

Instead, it often happens to us to ask the Father for a large number of things we think we need without asking ourselves whether or not they represent the source of profound joy! Or we often pray to the Father for solutions to problems that we were the first to help create. We ask God to step in and do things that we could very well do ourselves. Almost as if our prayer is to convince God of something: we tell things, we ask for things, we recommend things … But reality often reveals itself differently: our prayers are not answered. Why? Because they have nothing to do with our true joy. Being listened to in prayer consists in experiencing a fullness of joy where the world would bet nothing. It consists in finding one’s life changed because it is filled with what St. Francis calls “perfect joy”. Our prayer to God through the Lord Jesus, is then to ask for everything that can truly give us joy. Let the Spirit guide our requests because He alone knows what we really need. The Spirit opens our eyes so that we can understand what we have been called to. And when the Spirit opens our eyes, we are truly filled with the overflowing joy of the Lord.

In my contemplative pause today I ask for the gift of the Spirit: Lord Jesus send your Spirit of Truth to open my eyes to see, understand, and act in Love because only therein is True Joy!

The Voice of  Don Bosco, Saint of the Young

If you want to make yourself good, practice these three things and everything will go well: joy, study, prayer. This is the great program to live happily, and do a lot of good for your soul and for others.


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