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Homily (Reflection) for Thursday of the Twenty-Seventh Week in Ordinary Time (I) (12th October, 2017) on the Gospel
 
Mal 3:13-20;
Ps 1. (R. Ps 39:5);
Lk 11:5-13.
Topic: Stay put.
After teaching His disciples how to pray, Jesus told them that if they go to their friend’s house at midnight for loaves of bread for a friend who arrived late, even if he would not give them bread because of their friendship, he would do so because of their persistence. He continued,
So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given 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.
The emphasis in today’s gospel is on persistence. And one who knocks at his/her friend’s door persistently has no other place to turn to.
We have no other person or thing to run to other than God, cf. Is 45:5.6; Ps 116:11; Deut 4:35.39. With Him there is steadfast love, and with Him is plenteous redemption, cf. Ps 130:7. The Psalmist confessed, “The war horse is a vain hope for victory, and by its great might it cannot save” (Ps 33:17). Hence through the prophet God is telling us, “Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other” (Is 45:22). Nothing can be compared to Him, cf. Is 46:9.
Although many do pray, only few persist in their prayers. There is need for us to persist. In Luke chapter 18 verse 8, Jesus promised to save us quickly but He also queried: “...when the Son of man comes, will he find faith on earth?” So, stay put. The Lord is coming for you.
Bible Reading: Lk 18:1-8.
Thought for today: The Lord is coming.
Let us pray: Lord, give us strong faith to persevere in every condition – Amen.
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