Ask and Receive

May 15, 2021

Each day, I reflect upon a word or phrase from the readings of the day. I encourage you to do the same and perhaps incorporate that word or phrase into your daily prayer.

ask and you will receive, so that your joy will be complete. (John 16:23-28)

ASK AND RECEIVE: What John describes for us in today’s Gospel is not a genie in a bottle granting us three wishes. Ask: He is not recommending that we compile a laundry list of things we need. Receive: He is not advising that we sit back and wait for the “stuff” we ordered.

So what is he saying?

Ask: Pray. Invite Jesus to be a part of your life. Live a life worthy of His presence. Acknowledge that He is in control, not you.

Receive: His presence in your life. Peace of mind.

Given this interpretation, John’s claim that your joy will be complete certainly makes sense.

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