Posted by: livingscripture | October 8, 2015

27th Thursday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“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?”     

(Luke 11: 11-13)

How should we live this WordPope Francis

 The teaching on prayer is of the utmost importance for Jesus.  In fact, He knows with absolute certainty that “for those who ask, seek, knock” on the door of the Heavenly Father will obtain, find, and it will be opened to them.  In order to demonstrate the absoluteness of this truth, Jesus tells the parable of a Father in normal rapport of affectionate communication with His beloved Son.  The beauty of the story is in the strong contrasts in which the question is posed.  Can a father give a snake in response to his son who asks for a fish?  And there is the other powerful contrast of giving a scorpion instead of an egg.  We can just imagine the fear in the hungry child who would receive a snake or a scorpion from his father!

With these strong contrasts, Jesus stimulates the imagination of His listeners and thus leads them to look on High.  How?  Because if it is unthinkable for Jesus that a father would give such an evil response to a real need of his hungry child, how much more unthinkable is it that our Heavenly Father would deny us the gift par excellence: the Holy Spirit, to those who ask for Him in prayer.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will ponder this scene that Jesus has created for us and I will renew my trust in God’s Provident love for me and for everyone.

Lord, sometimes we waste precious prayers on stupid or foolish requests, or for material things alone or for only our family.  Please, awaken our heart so that we will ask above all, for the vivifying guidance of the Holy Spirit, the best gift of all.

 The Voice of Pope Francis

 The Spirit is our Companion on the way; a true and great Friend.  Without Him, we cannot know Jesus.

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