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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: October 11, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

How do you know the Holy Spirit real? If you believe in God the Father, God the Son then You must know God the Holy Spirit. For the Word of God had revealed the mystery of the Holy Trinity to us. And it is through the workings of the Holy Spirit that our lives began to change. We found, we could attend prayer meetings or formation in church fully awake and alive even after a long hard day at the office. We are able to read and understand scripture once too difficult for us. We are more patient and loving towards people who use to once irk us. Salacious talk and gossip are now abhorrent to us.

We must then push forward in our new life in the Spirit and never go back to our old way of thought and living. Know that He is always with us, ready to help us in our pilgrim journey home. So then sisters and brothers let us not grieve the Holy Spirit but pray earnestly and fervently to Him. That we may be docile to His promptings so as to be made worthy of the promises of Christ our Saviour. Who lives and reigns with God our Father and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen

First reading

Galatians 3:1-5
You received the Spirit because you believed what was preached

Are you people in Galatia mad? Has someone put a spell on you, in spite of the plain explanation you have had of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ? Let me ask you one question: was it because you practised the Law that you received the Spirit, or because you believed what was preached to you? Are you foolish enough to end in outward observances what you began in the Spirit? Have all the favours you received been wasted? And if this were so, they would most certainly have been wasted. Does God give you the Spirit so freely and work miracles among you because you practise Law, or because you believed what was preached to you?

Gospel

Luke 11:5-13
Ask, and it will be given to you

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!’