Reflection on Luke 11:5-13 ~
I am incredibly grateful and fortunate to have had spiritual directors (priests) for almost two decades. Without knowing such a faith role existed, the Holy Spirit read my heart to know I needed one. The spirit has found and uniquely placed them into my life. I distinctly remember when a single word from my first director triggered a wonderous spiritual waterfall. We worked together with mutual persistence to be grounded to help control the flow. They have given me their time and used their gifts with me without any compensation. With their help, I have learned of my spiritual gifts. My relationships with my spiritual directors have changed more to being good friends. They have already been there for me and we will continue to be there for each other with a knock.
Jesus Discourses with His Disciples by James Tissot and for more detail at the Brooklyn Museum website.
Luke 11:5-13 – Scripture (NRSV Bible)
Perseverance in Prayer
5 And he said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; 6 for a friend of mine has arrived, and I have nothing to set before him.’ 7 And he answers from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.’ 8 I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, at least because of his persistence he will get up and give him whatever he needs.
9 “So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. 11 Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for a fish, will give a snake instead of a fish? 12 Or if the child asks for an egg, will give a scorpion? 13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this Lectio Divina Luke 11:5-13 Reflection – Mutual Persistence.
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Prayer for young families:
Lord, let the young families of our communities get to know your joy, peace, comfort, and love despite worldly distractions.
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