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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: October 8, 2020 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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As we all know anything can be taken out of context if we want to place focus only certain things said without the rest of the pieces that form the masterpiece. And so many will say, “See! St Paul himself says outward observances are not important as living in the Spirit!” They omit the crucial ‘end in’ and ‘what began’, this in itself is unspritual, even unholy! What follows? Shortcuts are taken, corners are cut and what is left is a shallow  worship of the Lord our God. Jesus led by the Holy Spirit in full obedience to the Will God His Heavenly and for love of us; saw what He began to the very end, that is He died on the Cross for us. He was then raised from the dead and opened the gates to new life with Him for us.

Should we not model ourselves after our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ? Who had shown us the way, by perfect obedience to God our Heavenly Father’s Will. So then in not only desiring but wanting to do His Will, why would our prayers ever go unanswered? And so with renewed conviction of faith in the Lord our God, let us persevere in our prayers. As we set forth, filled with His grace and in the Spirit, to glorify the Lord by our lives. 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?

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!’