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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Thursday of the 27th Week in the Ordinary Time Download This Homily

October 10, 2019

Thursday of the 27th Week in the Ordinary Time

 

Malachi 3:13-20b

Psalm 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6

Luke 11:5-13

 

Gospel Reading

 

Jesus said to them, 'Suppose one of you has a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say to him, "Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; for a friend of mine has arrived, and I have nothing to set before him." And he answers from within, "Do not bother me; the door has already been locked, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything." I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, at least because of his persistence he will get up and give him whatever he needs.
'So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for a fish, will give a snake instead of a fish? Or if the child asks for an egg, will give a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!'

 

Reflection


God- A Good Friend

 

The mercy of God is beyond our understanding. Self-righteous people, who think themselves to be holy and pious, are often shocked to find that God forgives sinners instead of punishing them. Even those who are to be condemned for their evil deeds are forgiven by God unconditionally. How is this possible? Where is the justice of God?

 

We often say: “to err is human, but to forgive is divine”. Yes, it is God’s nature to forgive. A loving and merciful Father is the image of God which Jesus gives us in his gospel. It is the central theme of his preaching. As many religions give great importance to laws and moral precepts, the religion of Jesus gives prime importance to love and mercy. Religion should not a burden; it should show us the way to happiness and freedom. It should give us hope even in the most hopeless situations of life. Our relationship to God must be based on trust, not on fear. It is the core of the teaching of Jesus.

 

In order to show that we can trust God and depend on him in all circumstances of life, in all our needs and in the moments of fear and desperation, Jesus narrates us stories which motivates us in life. The man who shamelessly insists on his friend’s generosity in the middle of the night gives us some idea of friendly trust, which does not consider the rules of politeness. A good friend does not take offence, even if he is disturbed. It is on this conviction that trust is built up among friends.

 

Jesus tells us to consider God as such a good friend whom we can disturb any time and get our things done. The intensity of our insistence is proportionate to the trust. If we do not ask God what we need, we are displaying our lack of trust in him. We must be before God like children who pester their parents for their needs, until the needs are fulfilled.

 

Apart from the aspect of trust, his story tells another hidden lesson on prayer. The man goes to his friend because he was concerned about the need of his unexpected guest who came hungry and tired in the middle of the night. When we pray, we have to be attentive to the needs of others, rather than being concerned about our own needs. The focus of our prayer should not be our own interests, but the needs of those who are around us. When we strike the cord of solidarity in our prayers our trust in God will bear fruit.

 

Dr. Sebastian Elavathingal CMI

 


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