Every day, we need to go to our quiet place...

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

July 29, A.D. 2001

Genesis 18:20-32
Psalm 138:1-3,6-8
Colossians 2:12-14
Luke 11:1-13

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

"How much more will the Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him." (see Luke 11:13)

Today's readings may lead some to mistakenly conclude that through persistent prayer we can change God's mind and direct His actions. God grants only that which works to the ultimate good of all persons; and He alone, who sees, knows and does all, can determine this. If our prayers aren't answered as we wish, it is because we have asked amiss.

On the purely human level, Jesus tells us that through annoying repetition we may gain what we want from one another. But in our prayers (the Our Father) Jesus tells us first to acknowledge our Father's sovereign holiness over us sinners who need to forgive and so be forgiven; then we are to will what He wills, that we may bring His kingdom to fruition in this world.

We can do the latter if and when we "ask", "seek" and "knock"; our focus remains on God, not on our narrow concerns; for we are essentially spiritual beings temporarily housed in physical bodies. These earthly lives cannot be fulfilled apart from Him who breathed life into our nostrils. We who are sinners reconciled to the Father by Christ's sacrifice, can be indwelt, filled by the Holy Spirit if we seek to be, if we receive Him and live in obedience to the truth and love He teaches us.

It is then that we can ask whatever we desire and be certain of receiving it. Being one in heart, mind and will with Him, our Creator God, we can no longer ask amiss.

Loving Creator,
teach us to pray rightly,
that we may direct the flow of your grace
toward all those with special needs and concerns. Amen.

Marie L. Bocko ocds (mlbocko@borg.com)

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