From Jesus to the Father

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

 From Jesus to the Father
Easter,day 25

In John’s gospel today, Jesus proclaims who he is

“Jesus cried out and said,
“Whoever believes in me believes not only in me
but also in the one who sent me,
and whoever sees me sees the one who sent me.”

One place to “see” Jesus is the Blessed Sacrament. At the last supper he told the disciples how much he desired to share this meal with them and then he changed the bread and wine into his body and blood as a way of staying with us forever.   Praying before the Blessed Sacrament is one way of coming to “see” him and His Father.

The two saints who are honored today both had a special devotion to the Blessed Sacrament.  St. Conrad of Pazham ( 1818-1894) was a Capuchin brother who was a porter serving the monastery that is associated with the Shine of Our Lady of Alcotting, the national shrine of Bavaria, Conrad was known for his patience and holy life and spend many hours before the Blessed Sacrament.  In one of his letters, he wrote.” It was God’s will that I should leave everything that was near and dear to me. I thank him for having called me to religious life where I have found such peace and joy as I could never have found in the world. My plan of life is chiefly this: to love and suffer, always meditating upon, adoring and admiring God’s unspeakable love for his lowliest creatures" (Letter of Saint Conrad).

Another saint that is honored this day is Agnes of Montepulciano (1268 – 1317),.  With the consent of the Holy Father she begin life as a Dominican sister when  she was 9 years old.  By the time she was 20, she was known for her devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and her deep life of prayer. Her life was marked with visions, peacemaking, many miracles through her intercession but also personal ill health.

These two saints came to “see Jesus” in their own special ways and through their visioning came to the Father.   This offer and invitation extends to all of us who believe.

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