Subject: Daily Gospel Reading - Thursday, October 10, 2013

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Thursday in the Twenty Seventh Week of Ordinary Time

5 Jesus said to his disciples, “Which of you, if you go to a friend at midnight, and tell him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, 6 for a friend of mine has come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him,’ 7 and he from within will answer and say, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I can’t get up and give it to you’? 8 I tell you, although he will not rise and give it to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence, he will get up and give him as many as he needs.

9 “I tell you, keep asking, and it will be given you. Keep seeking, and you will find. Keep knocking, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives. He who seeks finds. To him who knocks it will be opened.

11 “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, he won’t give him a snake instead of a fish, will he? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, he won’t give him a scorpion, will he? 13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?”

Luke 11:5-13 - World English Bible

In Luke 11, Jesus continued his teaching on prayer with two insights: the need for persistence and the quality of expectation. In the parable of the Inhospitable Neighbor, he stressed constant petition. “Keep asking, keep knocking, even to the point of rudeness,” the Lord implied. Only, then will the petitioner receive what he seeks. But, the moral of the parable begged the question, what should the disciple expect? The Holy Spirit, of course! If asked, the Father in heaven would not substitute a stone for a barley loaf (that looks like a granite water rock) or a snake for a long, narrow fish that swam in the Sea of Galilee. So, if the petitioner sought the highest prize from God, his very power and life, would Father deny him?

Have you prayed for the Spirit today?

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