Shalom

Thur 12th Oct 2017
27th Week in Ordinary Time (A)

Mal. 3:13-20
Ps. 1:1-2,3,4,6
Lk. 11:5-13    (Ps Wk III)

The context of today's Gospel reading is about prayer. It is about praying to God persistently — asking God to answer our prayers. The three words “Ask, Seek, Knock”' are in the present continuous tense in Greek (the original language of the New Testament).  When Jesus say to us, to Ask-Seek-Knock — He is saying: “Keep asking, keep seeking, keep knocking. Don’t give up!” Just as the man went to his friend, in the middle of the night, to ask for bread for his guest; Jesus says, “'persistence will be enough to make him (friend) get up and give his friend (the man) all he wants.”

Why have such faith in God, when we Ask-Seek-Knock?  Jesus says, “Ask, and it will be given to you; Seek, and you will find; Knock, and the door will be opened to you.” As human parents, in their love for their children, give what is good for them, Luke says, “How much more” will the heavenly Father give to us.  God will not just give us what we ask, that is good for us, God will give us the best gift ever — the Holy Spirit. 

Lord, as we celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the Charismatic Renewal in the Catholic Church (1967-2017), we remember with gratefulness Your gift of the Holy Spirit.  Thank you, Lord.