Thursday, October 9, 2014
27th Week in Ordinary Time
1st Reading: Gal 3:1-5
Gospel: Luke 11:5-13
Jesus said to his disciples, “Suppose one of you has a friend and goes to his house in the middle of the night and says: ‘Friend, lend me three loaves, for a friend of mine who is traveling has just arrived and I have nothing to offer him.’ Maybe your friend will answer from inside: ‘Don’t bother me now; the door is locked and my children and I are in bed, so I can’t get up and give you anything.’ But I tell you, even though he will not get up and attend to you because you are a friend, yet he will get up because you are a bother to him, and he will give you all you need.
“And so I say to you, ‘Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you. For the one who asks receives, and the one who searches finds, and to him who knocks the door will be opened.
“If your child asks for a fish, will you give a snake instead? And if your child asks for an egg, will you give a scorpion? Even you evil people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more then will the Father in heaven give Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
(Daily Gospel in the Assimilated Life Experience)
In a clash between obstinacy and persistence the latter has greater chances of winning. This is what today’s Gospel is about. The neighbor’s refusal to rise up in the middle of the night to respond to the person’s urgent need could have developed into obstinacy. If you know what it is to be disturbed in the middle of the night when you have already begun snoring, you get a fairly sufficient idea about how powerful that persistent man is who can get you back on your feet to provide for his urgent needs. Would you rise from bed to entertain one such persistent person? Perhaps you’d say, No, not me! Well, God does!
Jesus said, “Ask and you will receive, seek and you will find; knock and it shall be opened unto you”. Persistence is heaven’s “open sesame”. But not just any form of persistence. Such must be dependent and confident. Dependence makes a person persevere in asking God at prayer, while confidence makes him stand before God without fear of being rejected. The persistence of a dependent and confident person works so powerfully on God.
But how do we explain the common experience of coming out empty handed from our churches and prayer rooms? This can be explained. God is not an irresponsible Father who gives in to his children’s bottomless thirst for material things. He only gives what redounds to the spiritual welfare of his people. Let us bear this in mind so that our persistence may not develop into obstinacy but may sustain our openness to his Will. After all God knows better what we truly need. Without this openness, obstinacy wins, not persistence. – Rev. Fr. Dan Domingo P. delos Angeles, Jr., DM. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.frdan.org.
Prayer for the day: God our Father, grant us the grace to persevere in our prayers until we come one day to the glory of your kingdom. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
SAINT OF THE DAY: St. Denis, Bishop and Martyr. He was born in Italy during the 3rd Century. In 250, Pope Fabian sent him and six other missionary bishops to preach the Gospel to France. There, St. Denis was appointed first Bishop of Paris. He was so effective in converting people that the pagan priests became alarmed over their loss of followers. At the instigation of those pagans, the Roman Governor arrested the missionaries, and had them beheaded after long imprisonment.