Sixth Sunday of Easter
I will make three spiritual communions with Jesus during the day
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Introductory Prayer: Lord, as I begin this prayer I offer you my whole self: my
thoughts, desires, decisions, actions, hopes, fears, weaknesses, failures and petty successes. I
open my entire being to you, aware that you know everything already. I’m certain of your mercy and
of the purifying power of your penetrating, loving gaze.
Petition: Lord, I want to believe in your personal and passionate
love for me.
1. Intimacy with
Jesus: When we gaze at the cross, we need to remind ourselves that he died there for each one
of us, for “me”. He died to forgive my sins and to pour his divine life into my soul. He wants there
to be no divisions between us, barriers caused by sin. He wants us to be united in all things. This
is why he says, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” He wants our wills to be united,
for his will represents our true good. He asks for our obedience out of love, not fear. There is a
tendency in today’s society to separate love from obedience. Love of God gets reduced to some kind
of vague feeling of goodwill toward God and others. Love requires sacrifice. Love is self-donation.
Ask Jesus for the grace to love as he has loved us.
2. Intimacy with the Holy Spirit: Jesus promised his disciples
another advocate, one who would remain with them forever. The disciples were upset to hear Jesus
speak of his death and departure. They were distraught to think of themselves alone in the world,
with all their hopes and plans crashing down around them. Jesus didn’t want to leave them alone, nor
does he want to leave us alone. He does not leave us orphans in the world; he sends us a helper, a
gift of love. In the Holy Spirit we find a guide and friend, another person who abides within us. We
are never alone. He is always with us, even when we feel abandoned by others.
3. Intimacy with the Father:
“Whoever loves me, will be loved by my Father.” Now we turn to the Father, and we come to him
through Jesus Christ. The Father’s plan from all eternity was to love us in his Son. He wants to
love us with a fatherly love, to love us with the same love he has for his only-begotten son from
all eternity. How much God loves us! He wants to draw us into his living and eternal relationship of
love. In a thousand different ways he is calling us, inviting us, pulling us towards himself. Jesus
reveals a Triune God, and he invites us to share in the communion of life and love that is the Holy
Christ: Jesus, help me to believe in you and your love. Imprint your love very deeply onto my
heart. I want to remain in your love always. I want to remain in the love of the Father and the Holy
Spirit, but I need your strength and grace. Help me to set aside anything that displeases
Resolution: I will make three
spiritual communions with Jesus during the day.