Gospel for May 19, 2012, Saturday, 6th Sunday of Easter
1st Reading: Acts 18:23-28
After spending some time there, he left and traveled from place to place through Galatia and Phrygia, strengthening the disciples.
A certain Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, arrived at Ephesus. He was an eloquent speaker and an authority on the Scriptures, and he had some knowledge of the way of the Lord. With great enthusiasm he preached and taught correctly about Jesus, although he knew only of John’s baptism. As he began to speak boldly in the synagogue, Priscilla and Aquila heard him; so they took him home with them and explained to him the way more accurately. As Apollos wished to go to Achaia, the believers encouraged him and wrote to the disciples there to welcome him. When he arrived, he greatly strengthened those who, by God’s grace, had become believers, for he vigorously refuted the Jews, proving from the Scriptures that Jesus is the Messiah.
Gospel: John 16:23-28
Jesus said to his disciples, “When that day comes you will not ask me anything. Truly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my Name, he will give you. So far you have not asked in my Name; ask and receive that your joy may be full.
“I taught you all this in veiled language, but the time is coming when I shall no longer speak in veiled language, but will tell you plainly of the Father.
“When that day comes, you will ask in my Name and it will not be for me to ask the Father for you, for the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and you believe that I came from the Father. As I came from the Father and have come into the world, so I am leaving the world and going to the Father.”
In the world of the Scriptures, a person’s name was not just the tag it is for us. It was seen as the presence of the person. That is why it was considered so wicked to take the Lord’s name in vain. “Whatever you ask the Father in my name, he will give you” (v. 23.) In other words, in my presence! You cannot ask for evil things in Christ’s presence; your words would die away. The prayer would wither in your lips. But anything you ask in his presence, In keeping with his Spirit, will be granted. As we know very well, it may not be given in the way we ordered it. But somehow, whether obviously or hidden, it will be given.
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