Thursday, the 27th week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - Thursday at 7p
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00 and 11:15am
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Francis Xavier Seelos
Readings for today’s Mass
That sure sounds like what Jesus has in mind in the gospel of the day. It's the story of a man who goes to a neighbor's house at night to borrow food so he can offer hospitality to a guest. When the neighbor says No, go away," Jesus suggests an endless pounding on the door and calling out until the neighbor runs out of patience and gives the man what he wants just to get rid of him.
Now this isn't a lesson on how to get your neighbor to dislike you, but on our approach to God in prayer. The followers had just observed Jesus in prayer and they ask that he teach them to pray. First, Jesus offers what we know as the Lord's Prayer. Then he shares a "what if" story that ends with a lesson on prayer. At the top of the list of to do's is to ask. If we don't make needs known, there is no reason to expect a blessing. Ask and you will receive.
Sometimes, a source of struggle for students and their prayer lives is their inability to ask because they feel so unworthy of God's attention. i have heard that surely God has more important stuff to deal with. But if you first knock on the door the chances of the door opening will be greatly enhanced. Our attempts to put God in a box will always fail because of our limited understanding of the fullness of God. God is so much more than the limitation we put on God. Did you know that, whatever the situation we are in, each of us has God's undivided attention all of the time? In times of need, we simply have to seek the Lord. Chances are you will find what you need, he's been waiting for you.