The Gospel Today
Thursday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time
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?”
Reflection (Sem. Rolly Teng):
Today’s Gospel tells us how powerful prayer is. It teaches and helps us how to ask and express our prayer to the Father in heaven. In the Gospel Jesus said, “Ask, and it will be given you; seek and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”
This simply shows that God listens to all our prayers. The moment we ask from Him I am very sure that God will grant it immediately. I believe that God never say “NO” to our prayer requests because of His love for us.
Although, sometimes we feel that God does not answer our prayer. Many would say that God’s answer to our prayers is only YES or LATER but never NO. When God responds to our prayer, He knows that we need it, our request is necessary and this is for our betterment as children of God the Father.
But when we feel that God did not listen and give answer to our prayer, this is simply an indication that His answer is later. God invites us to wait patiently and to pray hard. God knows what we need. Before we utter our prayers to Him, I believe He knows it already because He created us and He owns us. He knows what is happening to us always. But it does not mean that we do not talk to Him anymore because He knows what we need. What God wants us to do is to always communicate with Him through prayer, because prayer is a sign of our relationship to Him. When we talk to Him it is like we simply express that He is our friend and provider.
Like in the Gospel, we can ask Him anytime because of His great love for us. God is always ready to give what we ask, to help us find what we seek for and God is always ready to open His door if we knock into His merciful heart.