Message of the Week

Reflections from the July 24 Gospel

Luke 11:1-13
“Ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” This is a promise that anyone would love to hear. With these words Jesus comforts and reassures us. His message in today’s Gospel assures us that our heavenly Father loves us even more than earthly parents love their children. But God’s care may not always look exactly the way we expect it to. His care for us is based on knowing what is best for us and what will make us flourish. And, sometimes, what we think we need isn’t really best. As the end of the passage makes clear, this asking and seeking that Jesus refers to is ultimately fulfilled in the gift of the Holy Spirit. For most of us, we actually received this gift at our baptism. But have we taken full advantage of this? God knows that all of these gifts and fruits make us very well equipped for life on earth, and for eternal life in heaven! What more do we really need to ask for?

Questions of the Week

Luke 11:1-13:
Would you describe yourself as
being bold in your prayer life? Why or why not?
Genesis 18:20-32:
How do you think God is portrayed in Abraham’s prayer of petition?
Colossians 2:12-14:
What connection does Paul see between baptism and the cross?