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GOD ANSWERS OUR PRAYERS
Fr. Steven Scherrer, MM, ThD
Homily of Thursday, 27th Week of the Year, October 10, 2013
Mal. 3:13-20, Ps. 1, Luke 11:5-13


"And I tell you, Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened" (Luke 11:9-10).


This is the teaching of Jesus. God wants us to ask him for what we need, and he promises that he will give it to us if we ask with faith. He furthermore teaches us that we should ask with importunity if we want to receive good things from God, as the man who asked for three loaves of bread from his friend at midnight when he was in bed. At first he did not want to get up to give it to him, but because of his importunity he got up and gave him all he needed.


Above all we should ask for a good relationship with God, that God forgive us for our mistakes and sins, that he remove from us our sense of guilt, and that he give us his peace and love in our heart. If we repent and believe in him and if we ask with importunity, Jesus promises that God will hear our petition and give us a good relationship with him in peace. "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened" (Luke 11:9-10).


To receive the gift of God's peace in our heart, which is the basis and foundation of all happiness in this world, we have to stop offending God, we have to stop sinning, and confess our sins, especially in the sacrament of reconciliation (John 20:22-23), and then ask with importunity for the gift of his peace, as did this man who asked for bread from his friend at midnight.


The parable of the widow and the unjust judge has the same message (Luke 18:2-5). This judge did not want to give justice to a certain widow, but because of her importunity in asking him, he gave her all she wanted. "And will not God vindicate his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will vindicate them speedily" (Luke 18:7-8). Jesus told this parable to teach us that we "ought always to pray and not lose heart" (Luke 18:1). We have to continue asking for the gift of the peace of Christ in our heart, and he will give it to us.


When the Jews are in exile, God tells them that he will hear their prayer, when they seek him with all their heart. "Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me; when you seek me with all your heart, I will be found by you, says the Lord" (Jer. 29:12-14). "But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul" (Deut. 4:29).


God sent his Son to redeem us from our sins that separate us from him. If we invoke the merits of his death on the cross, where he suffered our punishment for our sins for us, we will be heard, forgiven, and restored in his peace. For this reason he came into the world, that we might repent, confess our sins, and receive his forgiveness and peace.

 

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