27TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
Psalter: Week 2 / (Green)
Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 & 6
Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
1st Reading: Mal 3:13-20b
You say very harsh things about me, says Yahweh, and, yet, you say: ”What harsh things did we say against you?” You say: ”It is useless to serve God. There is no benefit in observing his commandments or in leading an austere life for his sake. Happy are the shameless!
Those who do evil succeed in everything; though they provoke God, they remain unharmed.” Those were the very words of those who fear Yahweh. Yahweh listened and heard what they said. He ordered at once, that the names of those who respect him and reverence his name be written in a record.
And he declared, ”They will be mine on the day I have already set. Then I shall care for them, as a father cares for his obedient son. And you will see the different fates of the good and the bad, those who obey God and those who disobey him.
The day already comes, flaming as a furnace. On that day, all the proud and evildoers will be burned, like straw in the fire. They will be left without branches or roots. On the other hand, the sun of justice will shine upon you who respect my name and bring health in its rays. You will come out leaping, like fattened calves.
Gospel: 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 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 him a snake instead? And if your child asks for an egg, will you give him a scorpion? If you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.”
Caused by the request of the disciple, Jesus continues to teach how to pray. He gave a model, known to us now as the ”The Lord‘s prayer.” This time Jesus points to a very important element of prayer, persistence. On persistence, two points are emphasized by Him. Persistence on the part of the one praying manifested by the traveler in the gospel today and in another passage, by the woman asking justice from the Judge. The judge rendered his decision due to the persistence of the woman.(Lk.18:1-8)
The second is the persistence of God or His determined resolve to give the need of His children from His goodness, manifested clearly from the following texts of the gospel today.
”Though He will not get up and attend to you because you are friend….and He will give you all you need.”
”It will be given. You will find. It will be opened.”
”If you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him.”
Our God is all GOOD, truly concerned with us. His refusal to our requests is still an answer from His goodness. He knows not only what is good but what is best.
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