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Thursday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time

 

READING

First Reading: GAL 3:1-5

Responsorial Psalm: LK 1:69-70, 71-72, 73-75

Gospel: LK 11:5-13

 

Homily

In our Gospel today, Jesus teaches us persistence in prayer. He said in his story that the friend who asked for bread for his guest in the middle of the night, got what he wanted not because of their friendship but because of his persistence.

“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.”

Persistence in prayer is not about being demanding to God. We do not demand from God to give us what we want, to make God follow our will. It is instead, an expression of once confidence in God who alone can provide for us. In the story, the man who approached his friend in the middle of the night, had no one to turn to.  His only recourse was his friend. In the same way, we hold on in our prayers that it is only God who can provide for us and there is no other.

Jesus reinfoces his teaching on persistence in prayer when he said further,

“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?”

This reveals to us that God cares for us. He does not give anything that destroys us. He only gives what is best for us. However, we must ask in faith. We ask not what we want but we ask to receive what God wants to bestow upon us. If we continue on seeking God’s will and never tire searching for it, we will find it. Only those who are looking in wrong places will never find what they are searching for. We, therefore, need to approach God and ask Him to lead us to the right place to find, and that right place is in God Himself.  

Let our persistence in prayer lead us to a greater reliance and confidence on God’s unfailing providence.

 

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