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

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.


Broken But Not Divided

"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…

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