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Saturday May 11th: Intimacy and Communion with God

“I tell you most solemnly, anything you ask for from the Father, he will grant in my name.”

John 16: 23b – 28

Jesus tells his disciples that a day is coming when he will no longer need to pray to the Father on their behalf. This is because on that day the disciples themselves will enjoy an intimacy with God that had previously belonged to Jesus alone.

Through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, we, too, are brought into that intimate communion with God and now share in Jesus’ own deep and lasting relationship with God the Father.

That is why what Jesus says of himself at the end of the Gospel reading can apply to all of us. Jesus says, ‘I came from the Father and have come into the world and now I leave the world to go to the Father.’

This is the essential truth about Jesus’ life, and it is also the essential truth about our own lives. We have come from God the Father, and we are on a lifelong journey back to the Father.

May we be faithful pilgrims on our journey!