27 week in ordinary time
Gospel: Lk 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?”
IN GOD WE TRUST: A Father who generously provides for his children is a healthy comparison to God the Father. Despite us being wicked, we give to our children, don’t we? If so, our Father’s kindness and care is incomparable. The little story tells where friendship does not sell, it is annoyance or pressure that brings results. This is hardly a comparison to the Heavenly Father’s approach. Persistence pays. One needs to persist in prayer. Prayer however does not mean exerting pressure on God the Father as to force Him to give away his resources. It only means the disciples pray with certain conviction that God knows their needs even before they attempt to verbalize them. Let us trust that God will provide for us all that we need.
PRAYER: God our Father May your children ever work for the inauguration of your kingdom.
THE STYLE OF LIFE OF MARY: The prayer of Rosary reveals the style of life of Mary. Mary lived with her eyes fixed on Christ, treasuring his every word “pondering them in her heart” (Lk 2:19). The memories of Jesus, impressed upon her heart, were always with her, leading her to reflect on the various moments of her life with Jesus. Saint John Paul II affirmed in his apostolic letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae: “The rosary is nothing other than to contemplate with Mary the face of Christ.” Jesus is our option and if we want to put him at the center of our life, what better way to do it other than praying together with Mary. In contemplating mysteries of Jesus in the Rosary, we can make the experience of Paul our own: “It is no longer me, Christ lives in me” (Gal 2: 20).