July 24 2022 Gospel Reflection

7/24/2022 Today’s Sunday Gospel Reading Luke 11:1-13

1 Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.”
2 He said to them, “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.
3 Give us each day our daily bread
4 and forgive us our sins for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us, and do not subject us to the final test.”
5 And he said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend to whom he goes at midnight and says, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread,
6 for a friend of mine has arrived at my house from a journey and I have nothing to offer him,’
7 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.’
8 I tell you, if he does not get up to give the visitor the loaves because of their friendship, he will get up to give him whatever he needs because of his persistence.
9 “And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
10 For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
11 What father among you would hand his son a snake when he asks for a fish?
12 Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg?
13 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?”

7/24/2022 Today’s Sunday Gospel Reflection Luke 11:1-13

Some points for reflection:
1) We are often told that the “Our Father” is the “Lord’s Prayer”. However, there is a line in this prayer that asks for forgiveness of sins. Therefore, it cannot be the Lord’s prayer for the main reason that Jesus was never a sinner. The true Lord’s prayer is found in John 17:6-26 where He prayed for his Apostles. The prayer above then is our prayer. Jesus gave it to us as requested by one his disciples.

2) “Lord, teach us to pray.” Many people do not know how to pray and even those who are already prayerful sometimes are lost for words to use. The “Our Father” comes in handy. Let us use it as often as we can because it is a complete prayer. The first part gives glory to the Father while the second part is a supplication for daily needs, forgiveness of sins and guidance against temptation. Jesus is inviting us to come to God and to consider Him as our own Father.

3) While the “Our Father” prayer can be memorized, it should not just be uttered in a trivial manner. When used in prayer, we must pray it from the heart, taking the meaning of each word seriously and with understanding. While we can pray using our own words, Jesus gave us a pattern on how to pray.

4. Verses 5 to 8 is a parable about prayer. It teaches us to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). In every endeavor, persistence is an important value. Of course, we know God is not deaf and unconcerned. On the contrary, He listens to every prayer. Yet He also wants to see our determination and sincerity. He wants us to make prayer our lifestyle, meaning, to be prayerful at all times that we are awake.

5. Verses 10-13 tells some sayings about prayer. We need to constantly ask God for our needs and seek answers to our problems. God is good and generous. When we come to Him in prayer, He will not refuse anyone who asks anything in faith. Yet we often experience some sorts of disappointment when our petitions are not granted. We need to go back to the first part of the Our Father where we let the will of God prevail in heaven and on earth. So the next time our prayer request is not granted, maybe it is not in accordance with God’s will or perhaps it is not the right time.

6. This is perhaps one of the best occasions to reflect on our relationship with our earthly or biological father. No matter how we think of them, let us thank God, our heavenly Father, because they were used as God’s instrument for us to be born in the first place. If they have been generous to us in spite of their sinfulness as human beings, we can only imagine how much more God is generous to us. If we think they have been stingy, abusive or negligent, let us learn to forgive them.

Gospel Reading with Reflection for July 24, 2022
Gospel Reading with Reflection for July 24, 2022

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