Prayer for the Church

6.05

5 June 2019. Memorial of Saint Boniface, Bishop and Martyr

Reflection (Sem. John Paul S. Adia)

We acquire, through Jesus Christ, our common priesthood because we are part of His Mystical Body, the Church. By sharing in Jesus’ priesthood, we become mediator through Him, who is our Head, for others. This teaching is evident in the letters of St. Paul. One of the priestly actions that any baptized Christian can do is to pray – our common way of communicating with the Father. Jesus in the Gospel prayed for all who were under His care. As mediator for others, how do we pray?

One of the characteristics of the Church is being “one.” This is what we profess in our faith every Mass. The common celebration that we become one as a Church is through the Holy Eucharist. We are not just remembering the holy sacrifice done by Jesus but we also gather to be in our communal prayer. And by doing this, we are exercising our being part of Jesus’ Mystical Body. Whenever we attend to this very significant sacrament, we remember that we are not just asking for our personal needs. We become a channel of prayer. Most of our brothers and sisters might see this as a mere obligation but this is also our duty as sharers of the priestly office of Jesus. This is not exclusive to the ordained or the religious. Every baptized should be praying. This strengthens our unity and enriches our faith.

In this time that the Church is facing different scandals and some are being persecuted because of our faith, let us pray for them. Let us be disciples of prayer for the world as this period needs it very much. Our shepherds are threatened and some failing priests wound the Church. They might be weakening but we too can pray for them. And together let us pray the prayer that Jesus uttered, “Holy Father, keep [us] in your name that you have given [to Jesus], so that [we] may be one as [you and Jesus] are one.”

The Gospel Today
John 17: 11b – 19

Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed, saying:
“Holy Father, keep them in your name
that you have given me,
so that they may be one just as we are one.
When I was with them I protected them in your name that you gave me,
and I guarded them, and none of them was lost
except the son of destruction,
in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled.
But now I am coming to you.
I speak this in the world
so that they may share my joy completely.
I gave them your word, and the world hated them,
because they do not belong to the world
any more than I belong to the world.
I do not ask that you take them out of the world
but that you keep them from the Evil One.
They do not belong to the world
any more than I belong to the world.
Consecrate them in the truth.
Your word is truth.
As you sent me into the world,
so I sent them into the world.
And I consecrate myself for them,
so that they also may be consecrated in truth.”

 

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