Sixth Saturday of Easter

 FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Sixth Saturday of Easter, May 12, 2018  WORD of the DAY   Until now you have not asked anything in my name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.   (John 16: 24) How shall I live this Word? Let us read between the lines of this verse and we can see it is an invitation to pray.  Prayer is required in its first and most spontaneous form.  Some may despise or diminish the value of this kind of prayer.  To ask in order to obtain is the prayer of simpletons, of opportunists, of self-interest. However, it is not this way.  Asking directs the prayer itself.  We need to ask, to learn to ask,  to insistently ask someone for something like the persistent widow of the Gospel.  This  educates us in asking, but also orients the capacity for attention to life, and the life of others.   Little by little, asking becomes interceding, mediating, recognizing errors, converting ourselves, adoring, waiting, thanking.  Prayer is the communication of those who are searching, of those who are questioning themselves about the root of their joy, of those who are harmonizing their will with the...