Today’s Gospel reading is John 15:12-17. Note verse 16 (emphasis mine):
It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.
Looking for commentary, I’ve found only the NABRE’s footnote to John 14:14,
If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it.
I’ve been trusting Jesus on this point for a while, asking for a normal, healthy body – virtually every day for a year and a half, roughly 550 times – and the Father hasn’t given me it yet, Jesus hasn’t done it yet. Why? Searching the Scriptures, I think I am doing all that He requires for such petitions to be granted, as well as praying for His grace to do it better.
Michal Hunt suggests Jesus makes this promise only to the Apostles. Did Jesus only promise this to His Apostles? Why then did the Holy Spirit include it in the Gospel without clarification for us to read today? Why is there no clarification to the contrary available anywhere? My pastor skipped the homily this morning, and there’s nothing from the USCCB, the Haydock Commentary, or Gary M. Burge’s commentary on John’s Gospel. If I am mistaken, then why is the Holy Spirit allowing me to misunderstand Him, not correcting me?
clerus.org has “Augustin on John, 86”:
“And that your fruit,” He saith, “should remain; that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, He may give it you.” Accordingly let love remain; for He Himself is our fruit. And this love lies at present in longing desire, not yet in fullness of enjoyment; and whatsoever with that longing desire we shall ask in the name of the only-begotten Son, the Father giveth us. But what is not expedient for our salvation to receive, let us not imagine that we ask that in the Saviour’s name: but we ask in the name of the Saviour only that which really belongs to the way of salvation.
I’ve heard this explanation before, “It’s not really good for you,” and, “He only means those things necessary for you to obtain salvation.” Yet this contradicts Matthew 7:7-11, where Jesus appears to plainly mean good gifts, not only essential-so-you-don’t-die necessities.
clerus.org has “Chrysostom on John, 77”:
“That whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in My Name, He may give it you.”
Yet it is the part of the person asked to do the thing asked; but if the Father is asked, how is it that the Son doeth it? It is that thou mayest learn that the Son is not inferior to the Father.
This seems to speak to the consubstantiality of the Father and the Son, reinforcing my understanding that my petitions will be granted (since Jesus healed people who ostensibly “didn’t need healing for their salvation”).
I can only see two alternatives: Either God wants me to wait until a day significant for my intercessors (and so I may continue growing in virtue), or the Catholic Church is wrong (e.g. the Bible is not reliable). Do you have any insight regarding these matters?