Jesus’ Life: Chapter 17 – Jesus’ Last Supper Messages
Planning for the time after his death, Jesus promised to send the gift of the Holy Spirit to the Apostles. He said, “At that time you will ask me nothing,” meaning that they would have no cause to ask him because the Holy Spirit would fulfil all their needs.
Until now, Jesus had tended to the Apostles every desire. They depended on him for direction in his Gospel teachings, answers to their many questions and leadership. Jesus was present as a man among them, they could turn to him at any time and seek his advice.
However, after his death, resurrection and ascension, Jesus would no longer be present among them in person. So, he reminded the Apostles of this saying, “I came from the Father and entered into the world, but in turn, I am leaving the world and going back to the Father”. Henceforth, Jesus said, their requests must be made to God the Father but through his sacred name.
In recognition of this instruction, today, many Christian prayers end with the phrase, “We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen”. When we use these words, we acknowledge that our prayers to God the Father are made, “In Jesus’ Name”; he accepted his Fathers will, became a man, died for our sins and opened the gates of heaven for us. (John 16:23-28)
Pray from your heart to God the Father, through Jesus’ name, and it will be granted.
Lord God, Father of Mercy, receive our humble offerings and prayers that we lay before you today. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Saviour and Lord. Amen.
Prayer: Jesus Our True Love (Hildegard of Bingen)
Jesus Christ, the love that gives love,
You are higher than the highest star;
You are deeper than the deepest sea;
You cherish us as your own family;
You embrace us as your own spouse;
You rule over us as your own subjects;
You welcome us as your dearest friend.
Let all the world worship you.