Thursday of the Twenty-Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute

 

Thursday of the Twenty-Seventh Week in Ordinary Time

October 10, 2019

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

 

Malachi 3:13-20b

Psalm 1

Luke 11:5-13

The passage in today’s Holy Gospel follows immediately upon St. Luke’s version of the Our Father.  It seems to give further explanation of the disciple’s request of Jesus; “Lord, teach us how to pray.”  I am struck by the stress on persistence in prayer.  Jesus tells us the story of the man who at midnight goes to ask a friend for loves of bread because friends of his have come unexpectedly and he needs  to feed them after their long journey.

If the friend replies that he is already in bed and he won’t give up his bread, the story indicates that even though he doesn’t give up the bread because of his friendship, he will give it up because of his persistence.  The familiar Words of Jesus are an encouragement to us, “ask and you will receive; seek and you will  find.”  Anyone who asks receives and the one who knocks will have the door opened.  The bottom line is that God gives to us out of love and God knows us intimately to give us what is good for us. 

Friends, this “bottom line” I speak of is so clear and yet its truth comes to us slowly.  The spirit of the Gospel today is that we are called to boldness in our asking God for what we want (need.)  Often enough we don’t expect that the prayers will get answered and this is OUR difficulty.  As any good parent wants what is best for their  children, so God, Our Father, wants what  is best for us and will provide it.  Can you believe and trust in that?  That’s the challenge of today’s Gospel.

Question of the Day:  Will you take Jesus’ advice and be “persistent” in your  prayer life?

Prayer:  Lord, help me to know that you care and love me.  Help me  to expect that care to be realized concretely in my life and not to be  afraid to ask for it. 

Prosit


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