Posted by: livingscripture | October 6, 2011

Twenty Seventh Thursday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“Ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”

                                      Luke 11: 9-10

How should we live this Word

Jesus’ affirmation regards prayer, a very important theme that acquires even more emphasis due to the context of the passage. It comes immediately after the story of the one who goes to his friend at night to ask for three loaves of bread because a guest has come and he has nothing to offer him. The other life scene comes after the passage chosen for today where Jesus invites us to ask. Here Jesus asks two rhetorical questions that touch our hearts, “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?”

Certainly prayer regards above all being listened to. Some say, I have prayed a lot and I have not obtained what I asked even though what I asked for was neither bad nor inconvenient! I know the answer I give may be taken for granted. Try to pray better or more. Perhaps you have not prayed enough or what you have asked for is not really for your well being. However, let’s go further into authentic faith. To believe, as you know, means to trust. You trust when you know the person is honest, true, and good. Now if the one who is inviting you to pray, assuring you that you will be heard, is the One who said, ‘I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; I am the Son of the Most High who has been given all power in heaven and on earth,’ how can you doubt? We know neither the time or the how of the listening. However, we do know that God is God. This is enough for our peace if we abandon ourselves to His mystery of infinite love.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will tell God of my trust and confidence in His love.

Lord Jesus, I am here to seek, to ask, and to knock. I trust You!

The voice of Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, Carmelite

Prayer has so much power over God’s heart! Pray with perseverance, without discouragement, even if we have to die without being heard.


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