John 14: 21-26
Jesus said to his disciples: "Whoever has my
commandments and observes them is the one who loves
me. And whoever loves me will be loved by
my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself
to him." Judas, not the Iscariot, said to him,
"Master, then what happened that you will reveal yourself
to us and not to the world?" Jesus answered and
said to him, "Whoever loves me will keep my
word, and my Father will love him, and we
will come to him and make our dwelling with him.
Whoever does not love me does not keep my
words; yet the word you hear is not mine but
that of the Father who sent me. I have
told you this while I am with you. The Advocate,
the holy Spirit that the Father will send in
my name-- he will teach you everything and remind
you of all that I told you."
Introductory Prayer: Lord, thank you for granting me the opportunity
to be with you. There are things in life,
Lord, that attract me, but you attract me more. I
hope in you, and I love you. Maybe I
don’t really understand what it means to love, and
maybe I don’t love the way I should, but I
do love you.
Petition: Lord, a
lot of images distract me. Help me do something about
1. The Danger: It is easy to forget you, Lord, especially
with all the images that are around me. Every
image I harbor in my heart, every emotion I abandon
myself to leaves its mark. These can come from
the radio, the Internet, songs, novels… anywhere. They seem
to swamp my mind and make it easier to forget
you. These images and emotions can also impoverish, degrade,
limit and reduce my ability to extract from life
its magnificent content, usefulness and happiness. You remind me that
I should use everything only in as much as
it helps me to reach you, my final goal.
2. The Gift: On the other hand, I know you have sent us
the gift of the Holy Spirit. As you promise
in this Gospel, he will never stop reminding me
of you. All I have to do is let his
projector fill my imagination with images, with thoughts, with
insights. Of course, I also have to use the
world’s media correctly and in moderation. Holy Spirit, I know
you are near; take possession of my soul and
make it all your own. Guide my every decision so
that I choose what is right and reject what
3. Accepting the Gift: When I do forget, the Holy Spirit
will remind me of all that Christ has said.
All of the emotions and thoughts you inspire, Holy
Spirit, will enrich my ability to live enthusiastically and forcefully.
You will fill my mind with great and powerful
images. All I have to do is open myself
“The habitual difficulty in prayer is distraction. […] To
set about hunting down distractions would be to fall
into their trap, when all that is necessary is
to turn back to our heart: for a distraction reveals
to us what we are attached to, and this
humble awareness before the Lord should awaken our preferential
love for him and lead us resolutely to offer him
our heart to be purified. Therein lies the battle,
the choice of which master to serve” (Catechism of
the Catholic Church, n. 2729).
Conversation with Christ: Lord, I have
the option of letting myself be consumed with thoughts of
anger, lust and power—thoughts that will make me grow
old and become a more intense version of myself,
closed in on myself. Help me take the steps to
avoid these temptations. Allow the Holy Spirit to animate
my mind and my soul.
Resolution: I will clear my mind
by filling my thoughts with God and his things.