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From: Luke 11:5-13

Effective Prayer

[5] And He (Jesus) said to them (the disciples), “Which of you who has a friend
will go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; [6] for a
friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; [7]
and he will answer from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my
children are with me in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything’? [8] I tell you,
though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet be-
cause of his importunity he will rise and give him whatever he needs. [9] And I
tell you, Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it
will be opened to you. [10] For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks
find, and to him who knocks it will be opened. [11] What father among you, if his
son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; [12] or if he asks for
an egg, will give him a scorpion? [13] If you then, who are evil, know how to give
good gifts to your children, how much more will the Heavenly Father give the Ho-
ly Spirit to those who ask Him!”


5-10. One of the essential features of prayer is trusting perseverance. By this
simple example and others like it (cf. Luke 18:1-7) our Lord encourages us not
to desist in asking God to hear us. “Persevere in prayer. Persevere even when
your efforts seem barren. Prayer is always fruitful” (St. J. Escriva, “The Way”,

9-10. Do you see the effectiveness of prayer when it is done properly? Are you
not convinced like me that, if we do not obtain what we ask God for, it is because
we are not praying with faith, with a heart pure enough, with enough confidence,
or that we are not persevering in prayer the way we should? God has never re-
fused nor will ever refuse anything to those who ask for His graces in the way
they should. Prayer is the great recourse available to us to get out of sin, to per-
severe in grace, to move God’s heart and to draw upon us all kinds of blessing
from Heaven, whether for the soul or to meet our temporal needs” (St. John Ma-
ry Vianney, “Selected Sermons”, Fifth Sunday after Easter).

11-13. Our Lord uses the example of human parenthood as a comparison to
stress again the wonderful fact that God is our Father, for God’s fatherhood is
the source of parenthood in Heaven and on earth (cf. Ephesians 3:15). “The God
of our faith is not a distant Being who contemplates indifferently the fate of men
— their desires, their struggles, their sufferings. He is a Father who loves His chil-
dren so much that He sends the Word, the Second Person of the Most Blessed
Trinity, so that by taking on the nature of man He may die to redeem us. He is
the loving Father who now leads us gently to Himself, through the action of the
Holy Spirit who dwells in our hearts” (St. J. Escriva, “Christ Is Passing By”, p.

13. The Holy Spirit is God’s best gift to us, the great promise Christ gives His
disciples (cf. John 5:26), the divine fire which descends on the Apostles at Pen-
tecost, filling them with fortitude and freedom to proclaim Christ’s message
(Acts 2). “The profound reality which we see in the texts of Holy Scripture is not
a remembrance from the past, from some golden age of the Church which has
since been buried in history. Despite the weaknesses and the sins of every one
of us, it is the reality of today’s Church and the Church in all times. ‘I will pray to
the Father,’ our Lord told His disciples, ‘and He will give you another Counsellor
to be with you for ever.’ Jesus has kept His promise. He has risen from the dead
and, in union with the eternal Father, He sends us the Holy Spirit to sanctify us
and to give us life” (St. J. Escriva, “Christ Is Passing By”, 12).

Source: “The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries”. Biblical text from the
Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries by members of
the Faculty of Theology, University of Navarre, Spain.

Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland, and
by Scepter Publishers in the United States.

4 posted on 10/05/2011 8:23:31 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Scripture readings taken from the Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright © 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman & Todd

Mass Readings

First reading Malachi 3:13-20 ©
You say harsh things about me, says the Lord. You ask, ‘What have we said against you?’ You say, ‘It is useless to serve God; what is the good of keeping his commands or of walking mournfully before the Lord of Hosts? Now we have reached the point when we call the arrogant blessed; yes, they prosper, these evil-doers; they try God’s patience and yet go free.’ This is what those who fear the Lord used to say to one another. But the Lord took note and heard them: a book of remembrance was written in his presence recording those who fear him and take refuge in his name. On the day which I am preparing, says the Lord of Hosts, they are going to be my own special possession. I will make allowances for them as a man makes allowances for the son who obeys him. Then once again you will see the difference between an upright man and a wicked one, between the one who serves God and the one who does not serve him. For the day is coming now, burning like a furnace; and all the arrogant and the evil-doers will be like stubble. The day that is coming is going to burn them up, says the Lord of Hosts, leaving them neither root nor stalk. But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness will shine out with healing in its rays.

Psalm Psalm 1:1-4,6

Gospel Luke 11:5-13 ©
Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Suppose one of you has a friend and goes to him in the middle of the night to say, “My friend, lend me three loaves, because a friend of mine on his travels has just arrived at my house and I have nothing to offer him”; and the man answers from inside the house, “Do not bother me. The door is bolted now, and my children and I are in bed; I cannot get up to give it you.” I tell you, if the man does not get up and give it him for friendship’s sake, persistence will be enough to make him get up and give his friend all he wants.
  ‘So I say to you: Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. For the one who asks always receives; the one who searches always finds; the one who knocks will always have the door opened to him. What father among you would hand his son a stone when he asked for bread? Or hand him a snake instead of a fish? Or hand him a scorpion if he asked for an egg? If you then, who are evil, know how to give your children what is good, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!’

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