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May 18, 2021

Daily Reflection for Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,

We encourage you to reflect on Tuesday’s readings at this link:

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Acts 20:17-27
Responsorial: Psalm 68:10-11, 20-21
Gospel: John 17:1-11a

Our reflection on Tuesday’s readings:
Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said … I pray for them … the ones you have given me …  John 17:1, 9

This past year has been overloaded with friends and fellow parishioners who are in need of prayers. I’ve tried to live up to my promises to pray for them, each and every one, who has asked for prayers. The circumstances span the spectrum of human need: healing from a serious illness or injury, peace in the face of a family crisis, strength to endure a chronic or terminal illness, the eternal rest of a deceased loved one, and comfort for the bereaved who are left behind.

Not for the first time, I’ve wondered how my intercessory prayers can possibly do any good. God already surely knows the needs of these individuals. What is the point of reminding God of others' needs?

Yet in today’s gospel, even Jesus Himself prayed for the good of those He loved. Jesus, who was one with the Father, still chose to express His love and concern in prayer. It strengthens and encourages me to know that Jesus prayed for His disciples and for us. Why would I not follow His example and share my concerns with our loving God? Why not open my heart to God and draw closer to God in times of struggle?

Because we know ourselves to be part of the Body of Christ, I’m emboldened to believe that my intercessory prayers are worthwhile.

No less a spiritual guide than Fr. Ronald Rolheiser encourages this boldness:
If you are part of the Body of Christ, when you forgive someone, he or she is forgiven. If you love someone, he or she is being loved by Christ because the Body of Christ is not just the body of Jesus but is also the body of believers. To be touched, loved, and forgiven by a member of the body of believers is to be touched, loved, and forgiven by Christ … We are the Body of Christ. What Jesus did for us, we can do for each other.

May we trust in the power of our prayers for one another.

Wishing you God’s blessings,
Jean Galanti


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