The Prayer of Jesus
OTHER HOMILY SOURCES from Claretian Communications Foundation
2016 May 10, 2016
REFLECTION: The saint we are remembering today is better known as Fr. Damien, the name he received when he made his religious profession in the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. He was born in Belgium in 1840 and died in 1889 at Molokai, Hawaii, USA.
In 1864 he was sent to Honolulu, Hawaii, was ordained a priest there and served 8 years as a missionary on the islands of Puna and Kohala. In 1873 he volunteered to go and work at a leper colony on the island of Molokai. There, alone during 10 years with 800 lepers, he served as physician, counselor, teacher, house-builder, sheriff, grave-digger and undertaker in order to transform their prison into a home. He effectively fought the immorality, drunkenness and lawlessness all around him. By 1884 he himself had contracted leprosy and, as a leper, continued to serve his brother lepers for the next 5 years, until his death. He would often say in his homilies, “we lepers,” and his congregation could see from his deformed hands and face that he had truly become one of them. This great man is the patron of lepers and those with incurable diseases, particularly AIDS.
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This prayer discloses to us what is most important to Jesus because these are what He remembers and cares for even at the moment of danger. These two things are Jesus‘ deep relationship with the Father, and His love and concern for His own. When He prayed, He brings the two together in unity so that He who was united both to the Father in His essence and to the disciples in love, will have those He loved united also.
This is normal in a way. We want those we love to love each other also and we delight in the act of bridging them together. Now Jesus was confident to present His disciples to the Father. He does so with pride since they have been taught, purified and tested. He has deep confidence that His disciples will not fail Him in front of the Father. When everything has been said and done, it is with strong faith that we look forward to a better future ahead especially for the ones we love.
2018 May 15, 2018
I pray for them How consoling to know that Jesus prays for us. Paul knew he was to suffer much in Jerusalem because of his differences with Peter regarding the prerequisites for baptism. The Risen Lord must have prayed for his protection and perseverance. Jesus does not only pray for us, He empowers us through his Spirit to live out the Gospel. Without the Spirit, we will be left on our own, incapable of following Jesus. Jesus would be reduced to a moral exemplar whom we cannot emulate. But because of the indwelling Spirit, we are made capable of following in Jesus’ footsteps — not by our power, but through his power within us.
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