Posted by: frburke23 | July 23, 2016

Thought for 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
LUKE 11:1-13
Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished,
one of his disciples said to him,
“Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.”
He said to them, “When you pray, say:
Father, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread
and forgive us our sins
for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us,
and do not subject us to the final test.”
 
And he said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend
to whom he goes at midnight and says,
‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread,
for a friend of mine has arrived at my house from a journey
and I have nothing to offer him,’
and he says in reply from within,
‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked
and my children and I are already in bed.
I cannot get up to give you anything.’
I tell you,
if he does not get up to give the visitor the loaves
because of their friendship,
he will get up to give him whatever he needs
because of his persistence.
 
“And I tell you, ask and you will receive;
seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks, receives;
and the one who seeks, finds;
and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
What father among you would hand his son a snake
when he asks for a fish?
Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg?
If you then, who are wicked,
know how to give good gifts to your children,
how much more will the Father in heaven
give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?”
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I think all of us have experienced times when we felt that God did not hear our prayers. It seems as though our prayers fall on deaf ears and our cries are never acknowledged. We try to do what the Lord asks of us. We ask, seek and knock – but there is no answer.
I remember feeling this way at several points in my life. Then when I began to go to spiritual direction, my director told me to start keeping a prayer journal. He told me to write down everything that was happening in my prayer – my thoughts, feelings, desires, prayer intentions, etc. Then he told me to periodically go back and read my journal.
I was amazed! I began to see how God was faithfully answering my prayers. What was very interesting was that I did not always get what I wanted or asked for, but God answered my prayers in a way that was better than I ever anticipated! So when I thought God was not hearing my prayers, He actually was blessing me in ways I could never have imagined.
Jesus tells us today to be persistent in our prayer. I would also encourage you to keep a journal and then go back and read this journal periodically. Once we see the faithfulness of the Lord in our lives, we begin to trust Him more and more. He teaches us to trust in Him with our whole heart, mind and soul. And we realize that our prayers never fall on deaf ears, but they are heard by a tender, loving Father who always gives us what is best. We also have a loving Mother who constantly intercedes on our behalf.
 
Remember when we pray the Our Father, a prayer taught to us by our Lord, He asks us to say, “Thy will be done.” This is the key to prayer. We can ask, seek and knock, but ultimately we have to trust in our loving God that His will is always better than mine. This is not easy. We have to hand over our control to the Lord. Abandoning ourselves into the hands of God can be very frightening, but it also leads to great freedom.
 
Jesus tells us, “Ask and you will receive;
seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.”
 
Do you trust in the Lord to answer your every prayer?
Are you willing to accept the Lord’s will in your life?
 
Do not be surprised if the Lord answers your prayer in a better way than you ever imagined.
 
Have a blessed day!
Fr. Burke
 
Spanish translation:
 
Lucas 11, 1-13
 
Un día, Jesús estaba orando y cuando terminó, uno de sus discípulos le dijo: “Señor, enséñanos a orar, como Juan enseñó a sus discípulos”.
 
Entonces Jesús les dijo: “Cuando oren, digan:
‘Padre, santificado sea tu nombre,
venga tu Reino,
danos hoy nuestro pan de cada día
y perdona nuestras ofensas,
puesto que también nosotros perdonamos
a todo aquel que nos ofende,
y no nos dejes caer en tentación’ “.
 
También les dijo: “Supongan que alguno de ustedes tiene un amigo que viene a medianoche a decirle: ‘Préstame, por favor, tres panes, pues un amigo mío ha venido de viaje y no tengo nada que ofrecerle’. Pero él le responde desde dentro: ‘No me molestes. No puedo levantarme a dártelos, porque la puerta ya está cerrada y mis hijos y yo estamos acostados’. Si el otro sigue tocando, yo les aseguro que, aunque no se levante a dárselos por ser su amigo, sin embargo, por su molesta insistencia, sí se levantará y le dará cuanto necesite.
 
Así también les digo a ustedes: Pidan y se les dará, busquen y encontrarán, toquen y se les abrirá. Porque quien pide, recibe; quien busca, encuentra, y al que toca, se le abre. ¿Habrá entre ustedes algún padre que, cuando su hijo le pida pan, le dé una piedra? ¿O cuando le pida pescado, le dé una víbora? ¿O cuando le pida huevo, le dé un alacrán? Pues, si ustedes, que son malos, saben dar cosas buenas a sus hijos, ¿cuánto más el Padre celestial dará el Espíritu Santo a quienes se lo pidan?”
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Creo que todos nosotros hemos experimentado momentos en los que sentimos que Dios no escucha nuestras oraciones. Parece como si nuestras oraciones cayeran en oídos sordos y nuestros ruegos nunca fueran reconocidos. Tratamos de hacer lo que el Señor nos pide. Pedimos, buscamos y llamamos – pero no hay respuesta.
 
Recuerdo sentirme de esta manera en varios puntos de mi vida. Entonces, comencé a ir a dirección espiritual, mi director me dijo que empezara a escribir un diario de oración. Él me dijo que escribiera todo lo que estaba sucediendo en mi oración – mis pensamientos, sentimientos, deseos, intenciones de oración, etc. Luego me dijo que regresara periódicamente y leyera mi diario.
¡Estaba impresionado! Empecé a ver cómo Dios estaba respondiendo fielmente a mis oraciones. ¡Lo que fue muy interesante fue que no siempre conseguí lo que quería o lo que pedía, pero Dios respondió a mis oraciones de una manera que era mejor de lo que yo esperaba! Así que cuando pensé que Dios no estaba escuchando mis oraciones, Él en realidad me estaba bendiciendo de maneras que nunca podría haber imaginado.
 
Jesús nos dice hoy que seamos perseverantes en nuestra oración. También los animo a escribir un diario y luego regresen y lean este diario periódicamente. Una vez que vemos la fidelidad del Señor en nuestras vidas, comenzamos a confiar en Él más y más. Él nos enseña a confiar en Él con todo nuestro corazón, mente y alma. Y nos damos cuenta de que nuestras oraciones nunca caen en oídos sordos, sino que son escuchadas por un tierno y amoroso Padre que siempre nos da lo que es mejor. También tenemos una madre amorosa que constantemente intercede por nosotros.
 
Recuerden cuando rezamos el Padre Nuestro, una oración que nos enseñó nuestro Señor, Él nos pide que digamos: “Hágase tu voluntad.” Esta es la clave de la oración. Podemos pedir, buscar y llamar, pero al final tenemos que confiar en nuestro Dios amoroso que Su voluntad es siempre mejor que la mía. Esto no es fácil. Tenemos que entregarle nuestro control al Señor. Abandonarnos en las manos de Dios puede ser muy aterrador, pero también conduce a una gran libertad.
 
Jesús nos dice: “Pidan y recibirán; busquen y encontraran; llamen a la puerta y se les abrirá.”
¿Confías en el Señor para que conteste a todas tus oraciones?
¿Estás dispuesto a aceptar la voluntad del Señor?
 
No te sorprendas si el Señor responde a tu oración de una mejor manera de lo que nunca imaginaste.
¡Tengan un día bendecido!
Padre Burke

Responses

  1. if only it was this easy!!!

  2. I have tried keeping this journal, and I still try to keep it, although lately I haven’t written anything because there’s nothing new worth writing. It looks like you have lived an easier life than I, that you have not had any needs that went unmet since you began praying up until the present time, that you are willing to accept your own thoughts and your own imagination as being “answers from God” rather than being met with silence before the Blessed Sacrament and Tabernacle. In short, it looks like you have never truly suffered, went to God for a miracle, and been met with silence.

    • Thank you for your note. I’m sorry if I give the impression that I have not suffered. Actually I have suffered greatly in my life, especially the sudden and tragic death of my mother 18 years ago at the age of 57. I begged God for healing of my mother, but she died. I felt like God was silent. But I stayed close to Him in prayer and He eventually showed me (after some time) that my mom was with Him in heaven… But the key is how do we respond to suffering? We can either relate the suffering to God and wait for His response. Or we can get bitter and close off our hearts to hear God’s response. I hope this makes sense.


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