The Fifth Sunday of Lent 2015: “The Jesus Prayer”

"The Jesus Prayer" Painting: Ronald Raab, CSC

“The Jesus Prayer”
Painting: Ronald Raab, CSC

In our prayer, we seek the face of Jesus. In our weakness, we depend on his mercy. In our searching, we ache to be found in his love for us. In the tragedies of our lives, we long to die to our selves and rise to new love in Christ. Our prayer is meant to pattern our lives in the dying and rising of Christ Jesus. This is the message of today’s gospel (John 12:20-33), that unless a grain of wheat falls to the earth and dies it remains just a grain of wheat. Our prayer must find its home in the pattern of Jesus, the cross our only hope.

I want to draw your attention on this Fifth Sunday of Lent to “The Jesus Prayer”. Here is one version of the Jesus Prayer that I learned many years ago.

“Jesus, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me a sinner.” 

This ancient prayer is meant to be prayed from our lips. When it is prayed over many years, our hearts and souls begin to pattern life in this message. Our souls take over the prayer and we begin to live the message even without our awareness. Our lips are called to pray this prayer during the Lenten season. I invite you to learn more about this prayer from the early Church.

The painting today is reminiscent of a mosaic from the early Church. I painted this piece on Friday. Seek the face of Jesus always.  Please learn more about the simplicity of “The Jesus Prayer.”

 Click here to learn more about the Jesus Prayer.

Click here to learn more about the Catholic tradition of the Jesus Prayer.



5 thoughts on “The Fifth Sunday of Lent 2015: “The Jesus Prayer”

  1. Like a constellation of the points of light and darkness in our own lives, as we follow Jesus, we can step back and see those points of light and darkness form into His loving face. Thanks, Ron, your artistic abilities are emerging and merging into the Jesus prayer! -Dan

  2. Reblogged this on Broken But Not Divided and commented:

    Today’s Psalm: O Lord, hear my prayer, and let my cry come to you. Hide not your face from me in the day of my distress. Incline your ear to me; in the day when I call, answer me speedily.

    I invite you into “The Jesus Prayer” which I reflect upon in this post from last Lent. Again and again in this Year of Mercy, call upon the name of Jesus.

    Let these last days of Lent be a sure sign for you that Jesus hears your prayers and that his love is in the searching.


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