06 October 2016
Thursday, 27th Week in Ordinary Time
St. Bruno, Priest
Gal 3:1 – 5 / Lk 11:5 – 13
Born in Cologne, St. Bruno (1030 – 1101) founded the Carthusians, an order of cloistered contemplatives.
Gospel Reading: Lk 11: 5 - 13
Jesus said to them, "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 travelling has jut 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 brother to him, and he will give you all you need."
And 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 him a snake instead? And if your child asks for an egg, will you give him a scorpion? Even you evil people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more then will your heavenly Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"
In our fast-paced world and life, we hear much about man's achievements, his triumphs and successes which have transformed the world. We see man's ability to create and build, to innovate and improve human life with his many inventions. Man seems able to control his own life and future, "I am the king of my world."
And yet problems do come, problems which can confound us, even paralyze us, physically, emotionally and even spiritually . . . when we seem unable to find solutions, despite our talents, innovations and new discoveries. How come we cannot solve these problems by ourselves, through our own efforts?
In these difficult and trying times, perhaps in desperation, perhaps from habits formed long ago, we may think of God and ask for his help and his guidance.
In the Gospel reading from Matthew Jesus teaches us about the power of prayer, about the effectiveness of persistent prayer, about the generosity and care of the good Father to whom we pray.
Like the householder already tucked in for the night being bothered for the loan of some bread for an unexpected guest, God will listen if we bother him enough. "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." (Lk 11: 9 – 10)
If we cannot refuse our children and cannot do them harm when they ask, how can we ever doubt that our loving heavenly Father will answer us when we pray to him?
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
Annika Bernice L. Salonga
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
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