Thursday, January 12, 2012
Jesus' Perfect Prayer
In his Wednesday Audience yesterday, the Holy Father spoke about the prayer of Jesus during the Last Supper. Since I can not say anything near as beautiful on this topic as the Pope did, I will just say this: On that first Holy Thursday, Jesus celebrated the first Mass in which He offered Himself to the Father for His Apostles and for each of us.We can never pray as perfectly as Jesus did, but He gave us the command to "do this in memory of Me.", and so with the institution of the priesthood on that same night, we still today take part in Jesus' perfect prayer. We offer, with the priest, Jesus to His Heavenly Father, and with that we also offer ourselves and all that we are and have. There is nothing better we can do, no better prayer we can pray, than assisting at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
Please take a few minutes to read Pope Benedict XVI's catechesis on The Prayer of Jesus.
I also invite you to visit Fr. Mark Kirby's blog, Vultus Christi and prayerfully read the meditation he posted yesterday, Intercession: A Work of Love. The meditation speaks in Our Lord's words about the power of intercessory prayer and coming to Him in the Blessed Sacrament. This meditation is a wonderful extension of the Holy Father's words on Jesus' 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.