Luke 11:5-13 Reflection – Mutual Persistence

Reflection on Luke 11:5-13 ~

I was extremely grateful and fortunate to have had a spiritual director (a priest) for well over a decade. Without even knowing such a person existed, the Holy Spirit searched my heart then found and placed him into my life. I distinctly remember when a single word from him triggered a spiritual waterfall, but our mutual persistence helped control the flow. Over the years, our relationship has changed to now being good friends, who with a knock will be there for each other.

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Luke 11  New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

Perseverance in Prayer

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; for a friend of mine has arrived, and I have nothing to set before him.’ 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.’ 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.

“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 reflection on Luke 11:5-13.