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

October 11, 2018

Thursday of the 27th Week in the Ordinary Time

 

Gal 3: 1-4,

Gospel LK 11:5-13


Jesus said to his disciples: "Suppose one of you has a friend to whom he goes at midnight and says, 'Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, for a friend of mine has arrived at my house from a journey and I have nothing to offer him,' 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.' 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.

"And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. What father among you would hand his son a snake when he asks for a fish? Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg? 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?"

 

Ask, you will receive

 

“Mandy Economics’ is an article appeared in Chetan Bhagat’s new book ‘What Young India Wants’ (2012) where in the introductory part he is giving us an interesting anecdote that took place in his life while travelling by Air. His flight has been delayed and so the Staff provided him with a sandwich. When the announcement for the cancellation of the Airline was heard, he was given two more sandwiches. Again when no alternative arrangements have been done and the journey was unpredictable, he was offered 3 sandwiches. When asked about the Flight arrangements the Staff told him that they can provide him any more sandwiches he wanted as long as he carries their Boarding Pass but regarding the Flight arrangements they have nothing to say.


Many a time we are confronted of such situations. We ask for something and will be granted the other. People who frequent restaurants for meals find the contradictions in the menu card and their served plates. Now, regarding our prayer life too as we reflected yesterday, we find a dilemma in obtaining our requests. Often we underestimate the attitude and approach of the giver as we saw in the gospel. Even in the difficult situations people can extend their helping hands provided you are their good friends. When we hesitate and doubt the intentions and nature of the giver we may misunderstand his/her generosity.


Our Lord ensures and empowers us to ask with no inhibitions-as if we are 5 year old boy asking the most impossible thing to his father. Now if we do not get what is asked, then go back to the Verse again to see that the Heavenly what knows what is ‘good’ for you because even the evil parents of the world know what is good for their children. Again every day we pray that give us our daily bread. We need great faith and conviction to understand that if our demands are not fulfilled it is because it was not necessary for us. Like the author of the article I mentioned before we cannot entertain sandwiches when we expected to continue our journey. We pray for the Divine Will to be accomplished among us in our daily Our Father and most often fail to understand that what was granted was the Will of God.


How long will you ask, how long will you seek and how long will you knock depend on the depth of your faith and convictions. The firm faith you have will enable you see the Providence everywhere even when the things turn upside down.


Let’s pray, Lord open our eyes to see Your miraculous hand working in me though that haunts and hurts me a lot, Amen!


Fr. Biju Tharaniyil CMI


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