We Pray for Others

30 May 2017
Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Easter
The Gospel Today
Jn 17: 1-11a

Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said,
“Father, the hour has come.
Give glory to your son, so that your son may glorify you,
just as you gave him authority over all people,
so that your son may give eternal life to all you gave him.
Now this is eternal life,
that they should know you, the only true God,
and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.
I glorified you on earth
by accomplishing the work that you gave me to do.
Now glorify me, Father, with you,
with the glory that I had with you before the world began.

“I revealed your name to those whom you gave me out of the world.
They belonged to you, and you gave them to me,
and they have kept your word.
Now they know that everything you gave me is from you,
because the words you gave to me I have given to them,
and they accepted them and truly understood that I came from you,
and they have believed that you sent me.
I pray for them.
I do not pray for the world but for the ones you have given me,
because they are yours, and everything of mine is yours
and everything of yours is mine,
and I have been glorified in them.
And now I will no longer be in the world,
but they are in the world, while I am coming to you.”

Reflection (Sem. Peter Collin C. Crisostomo)

The Gospel for today talks about prayer. Jesus prayed for His disciples. He prayed so that when He leaves them they will not go astray.

I am reminded of our class in Prayer. We talked about the different types of prayers. To give a brief overview the types of prayer can be classified into three main steps. First, we must start from within ourselves, knowing our personal needs and wants. Second, we direct everything to God. We meditate and contemplate on the marvels of God on us. Lastly, we intercede for others. We pray for the benefit of our neighbors.

The action of prayer can be liken to the action of the cross. First from within. Just as the cross is planted on the earth, we dig deep into ourselves and seek inwardly our needs and wants. Secondly, prayer is moving upwards, from the bottom part of the cross, we move going to the top. We direct everything to God. Lastly, after giving up to God, we move sideward to know and be of help to our fellowmen. We move from right to left or vice versa. The cross of Christ will not be complete without these movements or if we only focus on one aspect.

We should always be reminded that the cross: once it was symbol of shame, not a symbol of Christian faith, a symbol of our prayer life.

Let it be a good practice for everyone to give ourselves at the foot of the cross and marvel how Christ, being God, did not deem equality with God, but rather He emptied Himself and took the form of a slave; He humbled himself obediently accepting death, death on a cross, as St. Paul said.

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