Commentary on the Gospels

Morning Gospel: Today, Jesus calms a storm that has His disciples terrified.

“23 𝐴𝑛𝑑 π‘€β„Žπ‘’π‘› β„Žπ‘’ π‘€π‘Žπ‘  π‘’π‘›π‘‘π‘’π‘Ÿπ‘’π‘‘ π‘–π‘›π‘‘π‘œ π‘Ž π‘ β„Žπ‘–π‘, β„Žπ‘–π‘  𝑑𝑖𝑠𝑐𝑖𝑝𝑙𝑒𝑠 π‘“π‘œπ‘™π‘™π‘œπ‘€π‘’π‘‘ β„Žπ‘–π‘š. 24 𝐴𝑛𝑑 π‘π‘’β„Žπ‘œπ‘™π‘‘, π‘‘β„Žπ‘’π‘Ÿπ‘’ π‘Žπ‘Ÿπ‘œπ‘ π‘’ π‘Ž π‘”π‘Ÿπ‘’π‘Žπ‘‘ π‘‘π‘’π‘šπ‘π‘’π‘ π‘‘ 𝑖𝑛 π‘‘β„Žπ‘’ π‘ π‘’π‘Ž, π‘–π‘›π‘ π‘œπ‘šπ‘’π‘β„Ž π‘‘β„Žπ‘Žπ‘‘ π‘‘β„Žπ‘’ π‘ β„Žπ‘–π‘ π‘€π‘Žπ‘  π‘π‘œπ‘£π‘’π‘Ÿπ‘’π‘‘ π‘€π‘–π‘‘β„Ž π‘‘β„Žπ‘’ π‘€π‘Žπ‘£π‘’π‘ : 𝑏𝑒𝑑 β„Žπ‘’ π‘€π‘Žπ‘  π‘Žπ‘ π‘™π‘’π‘’π‘. 25 𝐴𝑛𝑑 β„Žπ‘–π‘  𝑑𝑖𝑠𝑐𝑖𝑝𝑙𝑒𝑠 π‘π‘Žπ‘šπ‘’ π‘‘π‘œ β„Žπ‘–π‘š, π‘Žπ‘›π‘‘ π‘Žπ‘€π‘œπ‘˜π‘’ β„Žπ‘–π‘š, π‘ π‘Žπ‘¦π‘–π‘›π‘”, πΏπ‘œπ‘Ÿπ‘‘, π‘ π‘Žπ‘£π‘’ 𝑒𝑠: 𝑀𝑒 π‘π‘’π‘Ÿπ‘–π‘ β„Ž. 26 𝐴𝑛𝑑 β„Žπ‘’ π‘ π‘Žπ‘–π‘‘β„Ž π‘’π‘›π‘‘π‘œ π‘‘β„Žπ‘’π‘š, π‘Šβ„Žπ‘¦ π‘Žπ‘Ÿπ‘’ 𝑦𝑒 π‘“π‘’π‘Žπ‘Ÿπ‘“π‘’π‘™, 𝑂 𝑦𝑒 π‘œπ‘“ 𝑙𝑖𝑑𝑑𝑙𝑒 π‘“π‘Žπ‘–π‘‘β„Ž? π‘‡β„Žπ‘’π‘› β„Žπ‘’ π‘Žπ‘Ÿπ‘œπ‘ π‘’, π‘Žπ‘›π‘‘ π‘Ÿπ‘’π‘π‘’π‘˜π‘’π‘‘ π‘‘β„Žπ‘’ 𝑀𝑖𝑛𝑑𝑠 π‘Žπ‘›π‘‘ π‘‘β„Žπ‘’ π‘ π‘’π‘Ž; π‘Žπ‘›π‘‘ π‘‘β„Žπ‘’π‘Ÿπ‘’ π‘€π‘Žπ‘  π‘Ž π‘”π‘Ÿπ‘’π‘Žπ‘‘ π‘π‘Žπ‘™π‘š. 27 𝐡𝑒𝑑 π‘‘β„Žπ‘’ π‘šπ‘’π‘› π‘šπ‘Žπ‘Ÿπ‘£π‘’π‘™π‘™π‘’π‘‘, π‘ π‘Žπ‘¦π‘–π‘›π‘”, π‘Šβ„Žπ‘Žπ‘‘ π‘šπ‘Žπ‘›π‘›π‘’π‘Ÿ π‘œπ‘“… Continue reading

Today’s Gospel in the Lectionary is John 16:23-33. The first two verses read, “And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.”

What does this mean? Can we ask for anything willy-nilly and expect our prayer to be heard?

No, we must make our requests in Jesus’ Name, which is to say, according to His character as well as on the authority of His person.

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