Welcoming the Holy

Here we invite you to take time for yourself in personal prayer. The following spiritual reflection offers words and images which we hope will evoke for you an experience of God. 




Gracious Lord, hear our prayers so that we who believe that the Savior of the human race is with you in glory, may experience his abiding presence among us. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. 


John 17: 11b-19 Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed, saying, “Holy Father, keep them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one just as we are one. When I was with them I protected them in your name that you gave me, and I guarded them, and none of them was lost except the son of destruction, in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to you. I speak this in the world so that they may share in my joy completely. I gave them your word, and the world hated them, because they do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world….Consecrate them in the truth. Your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I sent them into the world…”


This passage from John is a flashback to the Last Supper when Jesus, realizing that his time was coming to an end, celebrates his farewell meal with his disciples. We often read that Jesus went off to pray, but in this passage, we actually hear his prayer. These parting words are meant just as much for us as they were for those first disciples. We became sharers in the mission of Jesus at our baptism and later reaffirmed that commitment in Confirmation. We are called to be dedicated to the truth of God’s Word by the way we live. It isn’t easy but we have help all around us. As a community we gather and reflect on the Scriptures; we are nourished by the Body and Blood of Jesus; we share stories with one another and offer support; and we experience in our own living the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. This is the gospel we proclaim: God is with us every moment of our lives!   



As we prepare for the great feast of Pentecost next week, we pray: Come, Holy Spirit, enliven us, strengthen us as we go forth to bring Good News!