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Sunday, July 24, 2016

My Lord says ... 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?”

This statement often contradicts what’s going on in our society, especially among the poorest of the poor.  We often see street children begging for alms and not all passersby give them anything at all.  We can see poor family themselves living along the streets with cartons or boxes only to give them cover or shade. There are children who jump into the passengers’ bus or jeep to distribute envelopes to passengers and ask for money.    Others pick up recyclable things from the trash to resell them, while others simply stay put where there are more passersby coming and going to the area, especially in footbridges, to ask for money. Again, not all passersby give them money or anything at all.  There are people, especially street children, who engage more on drugs like, snipping a chemical, while on the streets.  That’s why there are poor people who become thieves and divert to more unlawful acts in order to survive the daily living and drug addiction. 

Who is to blame for all their miserable life?  Why is it there are poor people and rich people? Is it because they have a mentality that they were born poor and don’t care if they are poor, so they  must be totally dependent on hand outs only.  Is it because other people really don’t care anymore? Is it because there are other people who take advantage of them, abuse, or exploit them?  Is it because they don’t know how to pray, as  God says, “ask and you will receive; seek and you will find?”  Is it because they don’t believe anymore, if there is still God who cares for them? 

Knowing these things in life, can put us to test our faith.  It is still by our own deeds that is what makes our life miserable, regardless of being poor or rich.  No one is discriminated when it comes to our faith.  Faith must go with action to show our mercy and compassion to others, just as our God is merciful and compassionate to us.  Faith without action is not faith, at all.    

" I will sing of your salvation. In you, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. In your justice rescue me and deliver me; incline your ear to me, and save me. Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to give me safety, for you are rock and my fortress. O my God, rescue me from the hand of the wicked. For you are my hope, O Lord, my trust, O God from my youth. On you I depend my birth; from my mother's womb, you are my strength. My mouth shall declare your justice, day by day your salvation. O God, you have taught me from my youth, and till the present I proclaim your wondrous deeds."

Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4a

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