12 Oct 2017: Shameless Persistence

  1. Thursday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1: Mal 3:13-20B; Gospel: Lk. 11: 5-13

In the gospel according to St. Luke 11:8, Jesus invites and gives us very simple tactic to please the Father in prayer. Some of the English translations of the Holy Bible would read “…because of your shameless persistence in asking, he will get up and give all you need.” (Lk.11:8). So, the point for reflection today is the aspect of being shamelessly persistent in our prayer to God Almighty.

When doubts regarding the result of prayer arise, be like the friend who knocks at the door to get a few loaves of bread, even in the middle of the night when the neighbour is in bed with his family. Here, in spite of the negative response, the friend kept up the requests until he received what he wanted.

Similar kind of idea is seen in Lk. 18:1-8, wherein Jesus encourages us to “pray and never give up” through the parable of the widow and the unjust judge. Therefore, today through the gospel God is assuring us that He doesn’t mind the persistence for something good, in His children. Because we read “God will surely give justice to His chosen people who cry out to Him day and night (Lk.18:7). And so, along with the Psalmist let us say that “I will pray as long as I have breath (Ps116:2)

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