The Seventh Sunday of Easter:
by Victor Hoagland, C.P.
Jesus Prays for Us!
Jn 13:31-33a, 34-35
Jesus prays for unity but there is something else of importance in this gospel — Jesus prays for us! “I do not pray for my disciples alone, I pray for all those who will believe in me through their word that they all may be one.” Jesus prays for all those who believe in him. He prays for you and for me.
What does Jesus pray for? He prays, first of all, that we may be one. We are called to work for unity and harmony among all believers.
Jesus also prays that we will be of one accord with God in all our thoughts and actions. He prays that we will always be in his company and that the love of God will always live in us.
That Jesus prays for us highlights the fact that we need prayers. Due to our fallen, wounded and sinful nature, we can't go it alone. Thankfully the prayer of Jesus is effective. How could a loving Father not listen to the prayer of his only son?
It is a great comfort to realize that Jesus prays for us. In good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, in happiness and depression, in success and failure, in sorrow, in doubt, in temptation, in all our sundry and varied needs, it is the prayer of Jesus that sustains us.
The knowledge that Jesus prays for us gives us the courage and fortitude to be all that God calls us to be. In times of failure and sin Jesus gives us the hope and vision of ultimate success.
you hear the prayers of Jesus, your Son,
who prays for us always,
even when we are weak and fail.
Help us to support each other
with the same love you have for us.
Without you, we can do nothing.