Sometimes The Answer Is No

'Lost and Found' by Greg Olsen. Used with Permission.
“Lost and Found” by Greg Olsen. Used with Permission.

October 7, 2021
Thursday of the Twenty-Seventh Week
Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary

Luke 11:5-13

Jesus said to his disciples:
to whom he goes at midnight and says,
for a friend of mine has arrived at my house from a journey
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?”

Today’s Gospel is a lesson on prayer. Why and how do we pray and for what?

Jesus makes the lesson simple as to the how. He says today about the late night visit to the friend – and later in Ch 18 of Luke, when he speaks of the widow and the unjust judge – we must be persistent.

We must “seek out God” and “ask” (persistently) and the “door will be opened” to our needs – not our wants. 

“What father would give his son a snake when he asks for a fish? Or give him a scorpion when he asks for an egg?” God knows our needs.

I know when I’m asking for something I “want” because I will quickly give up on that prayer. But, if I need it, I’m very persistent. 

When you say God didn’t answer your prayer – was that prayer a “want” or a “need”? Needs are things that enhance us spiritually or is needed for our well being. That “door” will be opened.

We often ask for things that may well harm us. Thank you Lord, for that “unanswered” prayer.

In reality, each prayer is answered. It’s just that sometimes, for our own good, the answer is no.

At least that’s what I heard Him say…

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