The Lord is my Light and my Help
As the season of Easter is drawing to a close, our readings this week remind us of the centrality of prayer to our life in Christ.
In the First Reading, we see how the Early Church gathered together to pray continuously as they celebrated the reality of resurrection.
Today’s Psalm is a song of faith, trust and longing. Its refrain reminds us to see God’s presence in all that is around us. It is through prayer that we can respond to the call of our heart to “Seek his face”.
In Peter’s Letter (Second Reading) we are reminded that if we face sufferings because of our faith in Christ, this will become a blessing for us, since it is a sign that the Spirit of God rests upon us.
In St John’s Gospel, Jesus gives us a model for prayer as he speaks with passion directly to the Father. He shares his concerns for his followers, confident that they will be kept secure in the flow of love between Father and Son. It is knowing the truth of this love that will bring us eternal life.
As Christians, we are called to a shared communal life in Christ that will transform our world. As we pray this week, let us remember and celebrate with joy that we do not pray alone; we are part of a universal community of prayer. Let us pray for each other and for the needs of our world, confident that Christ is praying with us and through us.