This is Jesus: Are you There?


Jesus wants to talk to us, all of us, but so few of us are present. This Reflection is about prayer. First, Jesus taught us to pray the Our Father. He said something very profound: "Be still and know that I am God" (Ps. 46:11, RSV). He is asking us to gently be quiet, so that we can hear Him.


We've all met that person who speaks "at you" - but doesn't stop to listen. Well, maybe that is how some of us appear to Jesus. We say we pray, even pray all the time, but do we ever listen!? That is very, very important.


Jesus doesn't give us a technique for prayer, for speaking to him. He gave us a prayer (The Our Father), and through the Holy Spirit, He has given us many prayers - those prayers, such as the Hail Mary, and the Glory Be, which have their basis in Holy Scriptures. Jesus loves people, all people, regardless of Nationality, Faith, Color, etc., etc., Jesus is the ultimate "Equal Opportunity Employer", only our reward isn't paid by the hours, or weekly - rather He rewards us by lifetime. If we do not form a relationship with Him, we might not be able to partake in the final reward He has in store for us. Many people call Him many names, names such as "God", "Healer", "Jesus", "Master," for when a person has this personal relationship with Him, it ultimately does not matter who you are. You are a friend of Jesus, of God, and that is enough.


This may be a very scary thought to some, but the enemy you slay today, might be next to you in Heaven, if you get there, too. This is entirely possible, for He told us to love each other. In this passage of Mark, Chapter 12 (28-34) "Which is the first of all the commandments?” Jesus replied, “The first is this: ‘Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” The scribe said to him, “Well said, teacher. You are right in saying, ‘He is One and there is no other than he.’ And ‘to love him with all your heart, with all your understanding, with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself’ is worth more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” And when Jesus saw that [he] answered with understanding, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And no one dared to ask him any more questions." Jesus is like us in all things except sin - so when He tells us to "love your neighbor as yourself," it means He loves everyone! And that is why everyone who is His friend will have a place with Him forever.


So listen to Him, and make room in your hearts for Him. Pray the prayers He has taught us, but also pray to Him in silence, so that you will hear Him whispering to you. He does, that is not a figment of my imagination!


Prayer can be vocal, or it can be silence. But what it cannot be is emotional, or "feel good" - for God does not speak to us so that it feels good - that is not what prayer is all about. Jesus is the greatest friend we could possibly have. So, if you hear Him, calling you, please answer: I am here Lord, and I have come to do your will!


Fred Schaeffer, OFS

Secular Franciscan Order
Ordo Franciscanus Sæcularis

Divine Mercy Fraternity

Vero Beach, FL


Term expires: 2/10/2022

Fred Schaeffer, OFS

Helen Caldarone, OFS

Mary "Jean" McGovern, OFS

 Jack Reddy, OFS


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Donna Haro, OFS



 Joanne Giordano, OFS


Fred Schaeffer, OFS

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