Sunday, May 16, 2010

Prayer From His Sacred Heart

Today's Gospel from John (John 17:20~26) is, in my humble opinion, some of the most beautiful words in all of Scripture. Jesus' prayer not just for those who were with Him at that time, but us, those who would come to believe in Him in the future as well.
This passage is one that I find lends itself to deep meditation; the thought of Jesus praying for all those He loved and did and would love Him. He prayed this prayer before His Passion when I can only imagine there was so much on His mind and heart.
His prayer for us, for His Church, that we all may be one in Him. Most, if not all of us have prayed some very heart~felt prayers, but imagine a prayer that came from the Sacred Heart of Our Lord. No prayer has ever been filled with more love or desire for anyone or anything!
I don't want to say too much on this passage; I believe in this case (as in many) less is more. Reread the passage slowly and let the Holy Spirit speak what He may to you.
I chose the above painting by artist Greg Olsen. It seemed to depict the heart of Jesus' prayer~ that they all may be one.
May we all as one body in Christ work toward the fruition of His prayer.
Have a Blessed Sunday!


Gabriella said...

A beautiful reflection, Karinann. Made me re-read today's gospel :)

I praise the Lord for a beautiful Mass today - prayed for all my blog friends.

Have a holy Sunday.

Michael said...

Thanks for the push to spend some time with that passage today. It is a powerful one.

And that picture is perfect for your post! I've never seen it before ... its very moving.

God Bless.

Karinann said...

Gabriella- glad the reflection brought you back to the Gospel passage. Thanks for the prayers!

Michael- I found that picture on Greg Olsen's website- he has some very powerful and beautiful paintings. Glad the reflection gave you some time with that beautiful passage.

Blessings to you both!

Deanna said...

Dear Karinann, May you have a sweet Sunday and blessed week. It's rainy here today and it makes me crave for sunshine!
God bless you,

Colleen said...

Beautiful reflection. Thanks!

Mary333 said...

I agree, these words are beautiful to me, too. With a prayer like that who could doubt God's love? John is my favorite book out of the New Testament. It always makes me smile because he calls himself "the disciple whom Jesus loved". He was the youngest and yet he was the only one under the cross. He KNEW Jesus loved him immensely :)

Karinann said...

Thanks ladies.
Mary- I tend to agree that John seemed to be more aware of Jesus' love for him than the other Apostles were- maybe because he was the youngest.

Closing Prayer

Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King

My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.

Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.