Malvern Minute – Thursday
Malvern Minute

 

October 6, 2016 – Thursday of the Twenty-Seventh Week in Ordinary Time

Blessed Marie Rose Durocher                                                        

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)

Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

Luke 11:5-13

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Suppose one of you has a friend
to whom he goes at midnight and says,
‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread,
for a friend of mine has arrived at my house from a journey
and I have nothing to offer him,’
and he says in reply from within,
‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked
and my children and I are already in bed.
I cannot get up to give you anything.’
I tell you, if he does not get up to give him the loaves
because of their friendship,
he will get up to give him whatever he needs
because of his persistence.

“And I tell you, ask and you will receive;
seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks, receives;
and the one who seeks, finds;
and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

What father among you would hand his son a snake
when he asks for a fish?
Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg?
If you then, who are wicked,
know how to give good gifts to your children,
how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit
to those who ask him?”

 

Reflect: Never stop praying!  As Jesus continues this discourse in Luke about prayer, he is encouraging the disciples to persevere in prayer, and to ask in faith with the belief that their prayer will be heard by the Heavenly Father. It’s not for nothing that he teaches this way.  Jesus himself understood and experienced the power of prayer.  Despite being in demand, he always found time to pray.  He understood that his ministry was sustained by his relationship to the Father. From his human perspective, it required a personal investment of time for that relationship to develop. So he instructs us to pray in faith as if the world depended on it – because it does!

Do I pray from my heart with the belief that God wants to hear my prayer and is always ready to respond? Can I trust that God’s response to my prayer is not always as I would like, but it is in my best interest from the perspective of the Almighty?

 

Pray: Loving God, give me the gift of prayer so that I can believe that you are always waiting to hear from me and that you will never turn a deaf ear to my voice.  I ask this in the powerful, perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Blessed Marie Rose Durocher: Pray for us!

 

WE BELIEVE, AND THEREFORE SPEAK (2 Corinthians 4:13)

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