Prayer brings us into a close relationship with God. Our relationship with God is closer even than that of a friend whom we awaken at midnight for a favor. The friend may respond because we nag, because we test the friendship; God responds simply because we ask. God answers because God loves us more than any parent could love a child.
Most parents provide for their children’s basic needs as best they can. Jesus reminds us that if we, who are imperfect, give good gifts to our children, how much more will God, the Divine Parent, give the Holy Spirit to those who ask?
Jesus tells us to ask, search, knock. He encourages our seeking, our spiritual desire for more. Notice that Jesus does not mention God’s giving us whatever our hearts desire. Jesus says, “Ask, and it will be given you.” God gives God’s self in intimate relationship to all who ask.
The disciples come upon Jesus in prayer and then ask that he teach them how to pray. Jesus offers the model prayer and then a parable of the unfriendly neighbor. The great value of prayer resides in the generosity of the loving and listening Father who both hears and responds to our petitions.
When our lives are rooted and established in Christ and we live in union with him, that intimate relationship transforms our lives. We trust that God is near and will provide for us. God’s Spirit empowers us to do all and be all that we are meant to be.
For those who knock, the door will be opened.

Thank you, Lord, that you enter into an intimate relationship with us and that you transform us with your love. Amen.

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Leccionario Semanal
July 18–24, 2016
Resumen de la Escritura

The Hosea passage implies that the rela- tionship between God and Israel is similar to a marriage that has been ruined by an unfaithful spouse. Yahweh has been scorned, and judgment is at hand. However, the prophet implants a reminder that Yahweh’s nal word is not destruction but redemption. Psalm 85 reveals a community of God’s people who are suspended between the “already” and the “not yet.” Colossians reminds the readers that no other force or personality may compete with Christ, for Christ and only Christ embodies “the whole fullness of deity.” Faith and action are one. Luke’s Gospel directs the disciples’ attention to their real needs, as well as reminding them of the only one who can ful ll those needs.

Preguntas para la reflexión

• Read Hosea 1:2-10. Do you truly believe that nothing is beyond God’s redemptive love? How does that affect the way you live?
• Read Psalm 85. How do you respond to God’s forgiving, redemptive love? When have you experienced the healing and wholeness of that love?
• Read Colossians 2:6-19. How is your life rooted and estab- lished in Christ? What lls your life?
• Read Luke 11:1-13. How much do you trust God to provide for all you really need?

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