Psalms 47:2-3, 8-9, 10
Todayís reading from Johnís gospel is part of Jesusí Last Supper Discourses. In these discourses Jesus attempts to prepare his disciples for the coming events and make clear his role in strengthening the relationship between God and all people.
In this passage the disciples are instructed to petition God in the name of Jesus. Reflecting on my prayer times revealed that I often pray in the name of Jesus. I wonder if this practice originated with the Last Supper Discourses? More questions arise when reflecting on this passage in light of modern times.
In some respects, our culture is moving toward accepting religious
diversity. Itís long overdue in my opinion, but this movement also
raises many questions and it challenges people to step out of their comfort
zones. A simple example about praying, from todayís gospel reading,
raises questions in light of religious acceptance. When praying with
Jewish and Muslim persons who address a common God, as do Christians, are
their prayers less in some way because they do not pray in the name of
Jesus? Will Christians offend people from other religions if they
do pray in the name of Jesus? Will people from different religions
ever feel comfortable, nurtured, and connected to God more closely by praying
together? Many more questions come to mind as we move toward building
common experiences while interacting with God. The answers may reveal
themselves as we dialogue with and embrace each other as friends in God.
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