Serving the Word: 6th October


Luke 11, 5-13:

“What father among you, when a son asks for bread, will give him a stone, or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent, or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good things to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?


I was struck by the final words of today’s Gospel.

And these words are spoken by Jesus after insisting on constant and untiring prayer.

He knows that we do not know how to pray and we need the sure guidance of the Holy Spirit.

The Spirit teaches us the exact pedagogy to learn to pray and to ask. Because our prayers and petitions are often childish. And our Father God does not grant whims or spoil his children.

Prayer should make us more aware of God’s role in our lives and of what we are called to do.

If we ask the Father to give us the Holy Spirit, this same Spirit will give us and teach us how to pray while at the same time guiding our steps and our actions.

He will also rectify our mind, order our heart and direct our steps.

Good day to you.

Antonio Sanjuan Cmf



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