READINGS for 2009-10-08
yES, No AND WAIT
“And I tell you, ask and you will receive.” – Luke 11:9
Every time we go to a mall, I ask my kids to pray to Jesus that we may get a good parking slot. So far, they have a batting average of 100%. There are times that we have to wait for a few minutes but we always get something we’re thankful for. During our evening prayers, we also ask them to pray for our needs, dreams and plans, as well as for healing, good health for us and our dear ones.
I used to think that I should not pray to God for material things, thinking that it smacks of materialism and would be turned down. In retrospect, my not asking limited the capability and generosity of God. I had boxed Him inaccurately.
When I realized my mistake and acknowledged that He is the God of the Impossible, I stormed heaven with prayers for all my needs.
Did God answer all my prayers? I am still waiting for that dream house and self-sustaining income resource that will make me financially free. And my becoming a millionaire by 35 has been scratched off my list (I am 39 now). But the car and promotion came, as well as many others. Little things and big, bring them to the Lord. Ask and He gives. Jun Asis
Have I been stingy in my prayers?
Lord, no prayer is too little or too big for You. I offer at Your feet all my needs and desires, to grant if You so will it.
The promise of redemption can be found in the writings of all the prophets though it is often limited in its understanding. That is, until the coming of Jesus our understanding of salvation is somewhat limited. It is only when people were able to experience the presence of Jesus in person that the fullness of revelation came to humanity. It is up to us to continue to bring the knowledge of salvation to those who do not yet know it.
13 You have defied me in word, says the LORD, yet you ask, “What have we spoken against you?” 14 You have said, “It is vain to serve God, and what do we profit by keeping his command, and going about in penitential dress in awe of the LORD of hosts? 15 Rather must we call the proud blessed; for indeed evildoers prosper, and even tempt God with impunity.” 16 Then they who fear the LORD spoke with one another, and the LORD listened attentively; and a record book was written before him of those who fear the LORD and trust in his name. 17 And they shall be mine, says the LORD of hosts, my own special possession, on the day I take action. And I will have compassion on them, as a man has compassion on his son who serves him. 18 Then you will again see the distinction between the just and the wicked; between him who serves God, and him who does not serve him. 19 For lo, the day is coming, blazing like an oven, when all the proud and all evildoers will be stubble, and the day that is coming will set them on fire, leaving them neither root nor branch, says the LORD of hosts. 20 But for you who fear my name, there will arise the sun of justice with its healing rays.
P S A L M
Psalm 1:1-2. 3. 4 and 6
R: Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
1 Blessed the man who follows not the counsel of the wicked nor walks in the way of sinners, nor sits in the company of the insolent, 2 but delights in the law of the LORD and meditates on his law day and night. (R) 3 He is like a tree planted near running water, that yields its fruit in due season, and whose leaves never fade. Whatever he does, prospers. (R) 4 Not so the wicked, not so; they are like chaff which the wind drives away. 6 For the LORD watches over the way of the just, but the way of the wicked vanishes. (R)
G O S P E L
Sometimes someone repeats a question to us to be sure that he has heard us right in the first instance. Sometimes God asks us to persevere in seeking His blessing so that He is sure that we really want whatever it is that we are asking Him to provide for us. Perseverance in prayer is a principle espoused by all the saints; none of them tells us we should ask once and leave it at that! Let us knock, seek, and search until we find what we are looking for, and if it is necessary for our salvation we can be sure that it is not too far off.
5 And he said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend to whom he goes at midnight and says, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, 6 for a friend of mine has arrived at my house from a journey and I have nothing to offer him,’ 7 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.’ 8 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. 9 “And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 11 What father among you would hand his son a snake when he asks for a fish? 12 Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg? 13 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?”
think:Let us knock, seek, and search until we find what we are looking for, and if it is necessary for our salvation we can be sure that it is not too far off.
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR John 39-42
WhAt’s WROng With my pRAyeR?
Let us be honest — who among us has not felt irritated when somebody bothers us at an inconvenient time? The Good News of today’s Gospel is that God can be bothered anytime and never gets irritated. Jesus uses the illustration of a guest who arrives late at night at the house of a friend who now has to feed the hungry visitor but has no bread at home. So, he bothers a neighbor who gets irritated.
Hospitality in Jesus’ culture and time required the cooperation of the whole community, even when a guest arrives at midnight. Whether the guest was hungry or not, a meal had to be served. In a small village, it would be easy to know who had baked bread. Bread was most of the time ready because there was no meal without bread. Asking for bread from a neighbor, therefore, was common and expected. To refuse to give bread would bring shame because it was a sign of inhospitality. “ The man who declined to share his bread jeopardized his honorable status. Honor is more important than sleep, and that alone was sufficient to rouse the man from a comfortable bed and share the bread he had” (John Pilch).
If a neighbor can be imposed upon and compelled to give bread even in the middle of the night, how much more hospitable is God, who, no matter who is asking or what the circumstances are, is generous to give us what we need. And so Jesus can claim as conclusion: “How much more will the heavenly Father give!”
“But,” you will say, “I have prayed more than once for something yet God did not grant it. What’s wrong with my prayer?” The problem is that too often we ask for things which God knows are not good for us. We too often forget to add to our prayers what Jesus added to His prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane, ’Your will be done!’ We also often expect from God only material things and forget to ask for the spiritual gifts He wants to give. As the climax of Jesus’ speech shows, God especially wants to give the Holy Spirit to us so that we may share in His life and joy. Do we ask for this? Fr. Rudy Horst, SVD
Do I approach my Heavenly Father with confidence in His patience and kindness? Do I add to my prayers, “Your will be done”?
Father, You are merciful, gracious, patient and kind. May I never doubt Your love nor hesitate to approach You with confidence in order to receive what You are ready to give me in Your fatherly love.
St. Demetrius, Martyr, pray for us.
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