Thursday of the Twenty Seventh Week in Ordinary Time

Readings: Gal. 3:1-5 | Ps. Lk. 1:69-75 | Lk. 11:5-13

A friend is someone I can turn to in my hour of need and know that I will be helped. A friend is more than that. A friend who knows I am in need will come to my aid before I have the opportunity to ask. We have all had friends like that and we are richly blessed for and by them. Jesus tells us that friends who don’t respond to our requests at first will finally give in when we continue to pester them. We remember doing that when we wanted something from our parents. If you have children I am sure you can think of times when you were worn thin by the nagging requests of your children. Jesus tells us that if we are so eager and willing to give things to our children or friends how much more will God delight in responding to our requests. God’s love for us is infinitely more than your love or mine. God has given us the best gift possible in giving us Jesus who died on a cross for us.

Take time today to recall a time you pestered your parents for something or a time when your children pestered you. What does it feel like? Now take those feelings and imagine how much God would respond to his “beloved’ children. Go to God and express your gratitude for all He has done for you. Ask God to grant you a grateful heart today.

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