Thursday of the 27th Week of the Year

Luke 11:5-13

Further Teachings on Prayer


Have you pleaded in prayer for something only to be frustrated by God’s silence?

Somewhere I read about a little girl who prayed hard to God to grant her birthday wish. Surprised, her mother asked, “A wish?” “Yes, I would like a garden party on Tuesday, I will pray that it won’t rain.” God said: “Ask and you will receive.” The rainy season had just begun. Each night Marie prayed: “Dear Jesus, send no rain on Tuesday.” Tuesday came. Rain fell. “Marie, are you not disappointed that God did not answer your prayer?” “Mama, He did and the answer was, ‘NO’”

Childlike faith made Marie contented. Deep in her heart she trusted that God allows only what is best. Through faith we are able to see the value of every No and accept what pleases God more. When something happens against our will then we hopefully realize that it must be from God. For how else could it have happened? A simply cry: “O God, come to my assistance is enough to let him restore peace and equilibrium in our heart. Trust is the fruit of unwavering faith and is the rock foundation of liberating spiritual joy. Trust comes easy if we love. “For those who love God, everything is turned into good.” When we are free from selfish attachment to pleasure, vainglory and greed, every petition we make before God is really answered…to our benefit. (SSpSAP Bible Diary 2002)


Jesus presents to us His Father as one who knows and feels what we need – much, much more than our earthly father/mother. He is a real Father who cares, who knows how to give good gifts to His children. More than that, Jesus wants us to realize that our Abba Father has that kind of heart which is all-embracing. He sense the flow of your thoughts and every beat of your heart’s needs. He wants to give you His all – His very Spirit! If you and I have His Spirit, then we have everything! It is the Spirit who will teach us what Life is all about… show us how to truly live, share and beget life. It is God’s Spirit who will teach us how to love, how to give and receive love. Only the Spirit of Abba Father, the Spirit of Jesus can satisfy all our needs. (Sr. Tessa, SSpS Bible Diary 2006)


On one morning of the Christmas season, a priest was driving through a village. While still far he saw two poor women knocking at the door of a house by the roadside. When he was nearing the house the women were still standing and patiently knocking at the closed door. Overcome with compassion, he drove closer and handed to each one a sizable amount. The poor women could hardly believe what they saw in their hands – an unexpected Christmas “bonus!” Excited, they asked who he was. The priest impishly blurted: “Anghel galing langit!” then speeded up.

The gospel says, “…ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find; knock and the door will be open to you.” The beggars did not ask from the priest; he voluntarily gave. They knocked at the door but the door remained closed and the house owners unmoved. On the other hand, the priest opened his eyes, his heart and his hands and shared his blessings. Thank God for people whose hearts still burn with Christian charity.

At another instance on that same Christmas season, three poor women from a far-flung town came to the same priest asking for some Christmas gift. Pointing at the three sacks of rice in his office he told them, with a tinge of joke, “Ok, each of you can get one sack, “but he really meant to give them. It was the women who begged off due to transport impossibility. We can surmise that each one went home with cash as “heavy” as the sack of rice.

The Church exhorts us to share to the needy not only from our excess but from our substance. Are we willing and ready? (Sr. Angelita Roferos, SSpS, Bible Diary 2007)


One of the paraliturgical practices in the Catholic Church particularly in the Philippines is the recitation of novenas in honor of patronal saints, the Sacred Heart, Blessed Mother, etc. but a novena in honor of the Holy Spirit is hardly held. It is rather strange since the novena to the Holy Spirit was the first one to be practiced in the Catholic Church. Jesus asked His disciples to gather in prayer for days from His ascension and the arrival of the new Advocate on the day of Pentecost.

Interestingly, today’s gospel reading ends with the words “how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him.” St. Paul says that prayer is the gift of the Holy Spirit when we pray to God. It was only through the Holy Spirit that the apostles and disciples came to know better God’s holy will, and to follow His will even if they have to suffer persecutions, and even death.

To pray is to talk to God. Everyday, ask for His Spirit that you may be His humble yet effective instruments in renewing the face of the earth. (Fr. Florante Camacho, SVD Bible Diary 2009)


October 6, 2016 Thursday

There is a curious sentence in this Gospel, “…How much more will the Father…give the Holy Spirit…?” The following is my personal reflection

  1. When a person “pesters” God for something, without knowing it, that person communicate and exposes himself to God’s presence.
    2. Exposing oneself to God, one is granted a portion of his Spirit.
    3. Once the Spirit is shared to the one who prays, understanding, realization and wisdom
    follow. In prayer the person is led to patience and resignation to God’s disposition.
    4. The person who wearies God with prayers gradually experiences peace, contentment
    and joy, as he graciously awaits God’s response.

Many times we pray without understanding the foreign words we use. Words like “trespasses”, “hallowed”, “purchased the reward of eternal life” “consubstantial”, “paschal mysteries”, “restored glory of adoption,” etc. bring into our minds hardly any meaning and yet, in praying them, we put ourselves in God’s presence, and the rest will be taken care of by God who longs for our presence. (Fr. Atilano Corcuera, SVD | DWST, Tagaytay City Bible Diary 2016)


October 11, 2012

St. Peter Tuy
Thursday of the 27th Week

Gal 3:1-5
Lk 1
Lk 11:5-13

Lk 11:5-13
Further Teachings on Prayer

5[Jesus] said to [his disciples], “Suppose one of you has a friend to whom he goes at midnight and says, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, 6for a friend of mine has arrived at my house from a journey and I have nothing to offer him,’ 7and 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.’ 8I 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.

9“And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 11What father among you would hand his son a snake when he asks for a fish? 12Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg? 13If 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?”


Ask and you will receive. Praying and having a prayer life is not boring at all. Prayer has its own dynamics and is exciting because we have a God of surprises. Prayer dynamics include the following lessons.

First, God listens to our prayer. God knows us, attends to us, and desires the best for us. He always has time for us and wants us to open up to him.

Second, God answers our prayers. He answers according to his plans, to what is best for us, according to his time, his ways. If we think we do not receive what we have been asking for, it is not because he has intentionally refused it for us, but in his plan and goodness he wants to give us something better. God never grants something that would harm us.

Third, God always gives good things and gifts. God never stops blessing us. He is always good and generous, giving us the best gift ever—his holy Spirit.

Do you have unanswered prayers? Can you recall the times that God gave you a better gift than the one you asked for?


Mal 3:13-20; Luke 11:5-13 – Yesterday Christ taught us how to pray (the Lord’s Prayer) and today He teaches us to “Ask and it will be given you; seek and you’ll find; knock and it will be opened to you,” (Lk 11:9).

Christ is telling us to be steadfast and persistent in our prayer. We are not to be discouraged and say, “It’s useless to serve God. What’s the use of doing what He says or being sorry for our sins?” Proud people are the ones who are happy. Evil people not only prosper but they test God’s patience with their evil deeds and get away with it,” (Mal 3:14-15).

As we pray, we acknowledge our helplessness and dependence on His love and providence. And we know that He is truly our Father! (Fr. Iko Bajos Oct 10, 2013)


THURSDAY OF THE 27TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR A) – LUKAS 11:5-13. Tubagon ba sa Ginoo ang tanan natong pag-ampo? Si Kristo nag-ingon: “Pangayo kamo, ug kamo hatagan.” Sa mabaw nga pagsabut, makaingon kita nga bisan unsay atong pangayoon sa Dios ato gyod nga madawat. Pero, dili man ingon niini ang atong kasinati-an. Daghan sa atong gipangayo sa Dios nga dili niya ihatag. Si Hesus nagpasabut sa hinungdan niini: “Bisan sa inyong kadaotan, mahibalo kamong mohatag ug maayong mga butang sa inyong mga anak.” Sa ato pa diay, ang Langitnong Amahan, nga dili matupngan sa kaayo, mohatag lamang sa mga butang nga dili makadaot kanato. Oo, tubagon sa Dios ang tanan natong pag-ampo. Usahay moingon siya, “Oo, kay angay na nimo”; usahay, “Dili, kay adunay mas nindot para nimo”; ug usahay, “Hulat lang, kay ihatag nako ang pinakanindot para nimo.” Posted by Abet Uy


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

THURSDAY OF THE 27TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) – LUKAS 11:5-13. TUBAGON BA SA DIOS ANG TANAN NATONG PAG-AMPO? Si Kristo nag-ingon: “Pangayo kamo, ug kamo hatagan.” Sa mabaw nga pagsabot, makaingon kita nga bisan unsay atong pangayoon sa Dios ato gyod nga madawat. Pero, dili man ingon niini ang atong kasinati-an. Daghan sa atong gipangayo sa Dios nga dili niya ihatag. Gipasabot ni Hesus ang hinungdan niini: “Bisan sa inyong kadaotan, mahibalo kamong mohatag og maayong mga butang sa inyong mga anak.” Sa ato pa diay, ang Langitnong Amahan, nga dili matupngan sa kaayo, mohatag lamang sa mga butang nga dili makadaot kanato. Sakto ang pahinumdum sa usa ka magsusulat: “Just because God doesn’t answer your prayers doesn’t mean He’s not listening, He’s just got something better in store for you.” Posted by Abet Uy


Reflection for Thursday October 9, Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time; Luke 11:5-13 – Reflection: How persistent are we in our prayer? For example if we have a prayer before Jesus do we pray until our prayer is answered by Jesus? Or we easily give-up because we feel the Jesus doesn’t hear our prayer? The best attitude to have when we pray is not to give-up because giving-up is a sign of our lack of faith.

The foundation of every prayer is faith for without faith there is no successful prayer. For example, if we pray for healing for our sickness or we pray for something that we badly want we must therefore pray unceasingly with faith.

In our gospel there is this persistent fellow, who during the dead of night went to the house of his friend to ask for bread for his visitor. What moved this fellow to go to his friend to ask for bread even at midnight? It was faith! The fellow had faith that his friend would never fail him.

Jesus in our gospel tells us: 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 (Luke 11:9-10).

Do you have a prayer before Jesus? Never give-up continue instead to badger Him with your prayer with faith. Prayer that comes from the depths of your heart and soul. – Marino J. Dasmarinas


Thursday, October 8, 2015

Reflection for October 8, Thursday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time: Luke 11:5-13

Reflection: Isn’t God all knowing? Doesn’t He read our mind? So why do we need to badger Him about our needs? God is all knowing and God reads our minds but we still need to persistently let Him know what we want Him to do for us. Why? For the simple reason that it’s through our persistence that we develop an intimacy with Him. It’s through our persistent prayer that we obtain the grace to get to know Jesus better. What if we would not persist? We miss the chance to know Jesus more deeply  and we miss the opportunity to develop a much deeper intimacy with Him.  Take for example our Sunday Mass obligation, what would happen to us if we wouldn’t keep on attending it every Sunday? We miss the chance to know Jesus deeply, we miss the chance to be showered by His many blessing. And we miss the opportunity to grow in faith and the like. Yes, God knows everything about us already but we still need to be persistent before Him. For this is where He would know how deep is our love for Him. When we don’t give up on Jesus and when we continue to let Him know that we always hunger for Him. Surely Jesus will not be deaf and blind to our petitions before Him.

Surely Jesus will smile at us and tell us: Here it is that you want I’m giving it to you now because you did not give-up. – Marino J. Dasmarinas


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Reflection for Thursday October 6, Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time; Luke 11:5-13

Reflection: Do you believe in the power of persistence? The power of persistence tells us that for as long as we don’t give-up. And for as long as we continue to trust in Jesus we would be able to have what we want. Therefore persistence always pays off, but should we continue to persist when the horizon is dark?

In the gospel, Jesus tells us that we have to persist even if it seems useless to persist for those who persist are always rewarded by God. Come to think of it, persistence gives us great rewards even in our worldly activities. Take for example an average student who persist in his studies he surely would be able to hurdle his studies because he is persistent.

However, not all of us have persistent mindset; many of us are easily discouraged when we see no positive result with what we are doing. So we fail and fail to achieve what we want because we gave-up without trying very hard first.

Lest we forget, many or almost all of our life’s battles are won because we are persistent but why do we persist? We persist because we believe that God always rewards those who are persistent and those who couple their persistence with humble and expectant trust in God. –  Marino J. Dasmarinas


PERSISTENT PRAYER – “Lord, teach us to pray,” a disciple asked Jesus. This request triggered Jesus to teach the “Our Father,” a kind of blueprint of all prayers that would be acceptable to God.

But then He continued to speak about prayer, as we read in today’s Gospel passage. Jesus knew that one who prays faces many obstacles, so He tried to give a lesson by using parables.

Do you sometimes feel impatient with God? Does He seem late in answering your requests or meeting your needs? Certainly all of us have had questions concerning prayer at some point in our Christian life. Why should we continue to pray for something if we have already prayed for a long time? What about those times when we pray and are certain of an answer, and yet no answer is coming? What are we to do? While it is not wrong to recite a prayer, it is more important to pray with one’s own words. Pope Francis once said that we should pray and not “say” prayers. Saying prayer means we open a prayer book and read what is written there. Nothing wrong with that, but our prayer may become a routine. After all, the prayers in the book are not our personal words.

We are to pray passionately and expectantly like the man who goes from house to house to ask some bread from friends. That’s a challenge. But God is eager to respond to His children who ask unashamedly, seek persistently and knock expectantly at His door with their many needs and requests. The famous Christian writer, C.S. Lewis, reminds us of the challenge we face each day when he writes, “The moment you wake up each morning, all your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals. And the first job each morning consists in shoving it all back; in listening to that other voice, taking that other point of view, letting that other, larger, stronger, quieter life come flowing in.”

After all, God knows better what we really need. Fr. Rudy Horst, SVD

REFLECTION QUESTIONS: Do you easily give up praying when God does not seem to answer? Do you use personal words in prayer or do you read from prayer books only?

Lord, I turn to You in real prayer. I open my heart and beg You to help me in my conversations with You: to praise You, beg You, thank You, and especially learn to listen to You.  

October 8, 2015

Thursday of the 27th Week in the Ordinary Time B

Mal 3:13-20, Lk 11:5-13

Trustful Perseverance in Prayer

Jesus motivates us to live our lives with confidence and courage, even when we are surrounded by problems and distressed by needs. We should not lose faith in God who alone can and will help us in difficult moments. He will not let us down, even though he may take his time to fulfil our request. Since God is trustworthy, we can approach him without hesitation.

Jesus compares God to a good friend who can be approached and disturbed for anything and everything at any time, even in the middle of the night. It is for us a consolation that there is God for us to rely on. We need no shame to call upon him. God will listen to our prayer which we make with patience and perseverance. Jesus encourages us to ask, seek and knock. There is nothing that cannot be attained by sincere desire and search. What is inevitably needed is total trust in God who can provide us the best things we need. From the conclusion of the discourse we understand, what we are going to receive from God the best gift we need. It is the divine Spirit who crowns all other gifts.

The effect of persevering prayer is the gift of the Spirit of God who empowers us from within and enables us to face the distressing situations of life with courage and self-confidence. Even when our material needs are not satisfied, the spiritual consolation given by God is sufficient to keep us in good stead in all miseries and misfortunes. The Spirit of God will lead us on until we attain our goal. Dr. Sebastian Elavathingal CMI


The Christian Who Doesn’t Pray Treats God like a Servant

October 8, 2015 (readings)

Thursday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time

Father James Swanson, LC

Luke 11:5-13

Introductory Prayer: Lord Jesus, you are the master of the universe, and yet you wish to listen to me and guide me. You know all things past, present and future, and yet you respect my freedom to choose you. Holy Trinity, you are completely happy and fulfilled on your own, and yet you have generously brought us into existence. You are our fulfillment. Thank you for the gift of yourself. I offer the littleness of myself in return, knowing you are pleased with what I have to give.

Petition: Lord, through this meditation, grant me the grace of a greater dependence on you.

  1. God Wants Us to Ask:Sometimes we think that since God knows all things, we need not ask him for anything. We need only wait until God will give us what we need. Nothing could be further from the truth. In this passage, Jesusdoesn’t say not to worry; instead he says that our Heavenly Father will gladly and lovingly provide whatever we need, provided we ask for it. One reason why God has arranged things this way is because if our needs were automatically provided for, a great number of us would not even realize there is a God, or we would easily forget him. There are affluent societies in which the people’s material needs are taken care of easily. Does such a situation remind the people of God, his power, or his love? When we ask God to provide for our needs, we implicitly recognize his existence and authority in our lives. God wants us to do this.
  2. Petitions in Prayer Increase My Faith:But there are even more important reasons God wants us to ask. It is in asking that our faith grows. The more I ask, the more I come into a personal relationship with God. If I never had to turn to him for my needs, I would never realize how much he wants to be a part of my life. But when I have to ask, especially if I have to put some time and effort into it, then, when my needs are satisfied, it will be very clear that God did it. It will be clear that it wasn’t me, or luck, or anything else, but God. Don’t be afraid to ask. Develop your faith by doing so.
  3. When I Don’t Ask for What I Need, I Treat God as My Servant:When we expect God to give us all we need without asking, are we not placing the whole burden of our salvation on him and nothing on ourselves? Are we not in a sense being lazy? “You know what I need, Lord. Just give it to me, take care of it, while I focus on my own interests.” Not only is this laziness, it is pride, treating God like a servant whose role is to provide whatever I need. We forget he is God. Certainly God is generous and loving, willing to give us everything that is good for us; but he is still God, and he deserves our respect, adoration, and especially our gratitude.

Conversation with Christ: Dear Jesus, so often I expect you to take care of me without my having to ask. Help me to live my dependence on you through the practice of asking you for my needs. Increase my faith through my prayer so that I see my real dependence on you and how much you do for me.

Resolution: What do I most need today? I will ask God for it early and often.


October 06, 2016

REFLECTION: In 1850 American novelist ­Nathaniel Hawthorne published a story entitled “The Great Stone Face.” It is about a gigantic and noble face that nature had carved on the side of a mountain overlooking a village. An old legend said that one day one of the villagers would come to resemble that majestic and saintly Stone Face. A young lad longed for such a man to show up one day. Meanwhile, he passed all his leisure hours contemplating the Stone Face. Time passed. The lad became an old man. One day the villagers realized with a shock that his luminously holy face had become the exact resemblance of the Great Stone Face.

In today’s gospel reading we hear Jesus tell us: “Ask and it will be given to you.” There is a mystery here for many of us. Because we ask for many things which we never receive. And our faith is shaken. But Jesus does not say that we will necessarily receive what we ask for, only that something will be given to us. And it always is—if not what we asked for, then something better. Perhaps that something better is the slow transformation that takes place in us if we look at God long enough.


See Today’s Readings:  Year I,   Year II

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