One short sentence from this past Sunday’s Gospel reading has been reverberating in my mind all week. Jesus, speaking to the Father about his apostles, said in John 17:9a:
I pray for them.
Jesus prayed for his apostles, and he continues today to pray for all of us, as we are told in Hebrews 7:25:
…[Jesus] is always able to save those who approach God through him, since he lives forever to make intercession for them.
As I repeatedly think about Jesus, the King of Kings, praying for me, I am profoundly humbled. I almost immediately begin to think of how easily I neglect Jesus amid the busyness of my life, or how I selfishly prefer to do things other than pray or read the Bible. Jesus’ words from Matthew 26:40 echo in my mind:
So you could not keep watch with me for one hour?
I am surely grateful to Jesus that he continues to pray for me, that he is faithful even though I am so often unfaithful to him.
Heart of Jesus, patient and most merciful, have mercy on me.
UPDATE: From the Catechism:
667 Jesus Christ, having entered the sanctuary of heaven once and for all, intercedes constantly for us as the mediator who assures us of the permanent outpouring of the Holy Spirit.