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I , : ; ,  : • . ]Y 29, 1992 ....... TheMessage -- for Catholics of Southwesternlndiana Commentary By FATHER DONALD DILGER Gospel Commentary for Sunday, May 31, 1992, Seventh Sunday of Easter, Cycle C: John 17:20.26 :f Our gospel today is taken from Jesus' prayer or his immediate disciples and those who would believe through them. This prayer is one of the rare instances in which Jesus prays a prayer of Petition in the Gospel of John. In contrast to the other three canonical gospels Jesus' prayer in John is usually a prayer of praise or thanksgiving, ] ot petition. When the authors of our gospels i' ! struct the prayers of Jesus they differ greatly. ese differences occur because by the time the Ospels were written all knew that Jesus prayed Qut no one seemed to know just what were the :Words he used. ill We need an example that occurs in all four :i| Spels. The best one to compare the gospel au- | ors miaht be the prayer of Jesus in the Garden i|.. °f Gethsemane. In t'he Gospel of Mark Jesus prays :i| Ill the presence of three sleeping disciples. In | other words, there is no human help. He ex- :resses his deep anguish and, flat on his face, he :. egs his Father that he release him from undergo- g this suffering. He demands, in fact, that the Lt l • ,. • her remove thzs cup. There zs no answer• le Gospel of Matthew follows Mark quite sely, Rut instead of demanding the removal of Le cup of suffering, Matthew changes the text of [ark to read: "If it is possible, remove this cup." s in Mark, so in Matthew the only answer is a ep silence. The prayer of Jesus: A comparative study In the Gospel of Luke Jesus does not fall on his face and beg to be released. Luke reflects his greater reverence for Jesus or the practice of his Church when he has Jesus kneel to pray. The dis- ciples are all close at hand and they do not fall asleep out of neglect as they did in Mark and Matthew• In Luke they fall asleep "out of sad- ness." In other words, they are involved in Jesus' suffering. Nor can Luke tolerate the silence of the Father in answer to Jesus' prayer. In Luke alone an angel comes from heaven and consoles Jesus• Finally, in the Gospel of John there is no prayer for deliverance in the Garden of Gethse- mane. In fact, there is no prayer at all. Much ear- lier in the gospel John uses with great variation the tradition of Jesus' prayer before his death• In chapter 12 Jesus has a fleeting temptation when he says: "Now is my soul troubled• And what shall I say? 'Father, save me from this hour? No way! This is why I have come to this point. Fa- ther, glorify your name.'" In other words, John completely rejects any idea that Jesus prayed to be delivered from his death. Why such major differences in the four gospels? Each author is trying to teach his Chris- tian community not only how Jesus prayed but how they are to pray and how those prayers may be answered. Mark and Matthew tell their people that they cannot always expect an answer in this life just as Jesus received no answer until after his death. Thus Jesus dies in these two gospels with the awesome cry of abandonment: "My God! My God! Why have you forsaken me!" I 9 Luke tells his people that God always con- soles in prayer. Even if the prayer is not directly answered, that is deliverance from their plight, there is consolation in prayer. Thus when Jesus dies in Luke it is not with a cry of abandonment but with a prayer of trust in his Father: "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit." And be- fore he died he forgave everyone around him. Such is the prayer of a Christian according to Luke. Finally, the Gospel of John, where prayers of petition are so rare. Nor does Jesus ever teach his disciples how to pray in this gospel. Through the example of Jesus John tells his people that they are so close to God that they pray with the supreme confidence that Jesus himself displayed whenever he prayed. Thus at one point Jesus prays: "Father, I thank you for hearing me. I know you always hear me, but I am saying this for the sake of the people standing around me, that they may believe that you sent me." So we have three, perhaps four, very different theologies of prayer• Each Christian may choose how to pray. These are all valid approaches: the anguish of Jesus in Mark and Matthew; the conso- lation of prayer in Luke; the supreme confidence in the Father in John. Basic to all of these forms is the final intention of Jesus: "Not mine but Thy will be done•" Other readings for Sunday, May 31: Acts 7: 55-60; Rev 22:12-14, 16-17, 20. and Sister Diane Fischer, at Holy Name students at Holy Name Church, Bloomfield, were confirmed April 26 by Bishop Ger- A. Gettelfinger. 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