By: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Homily for Sunday July 28 2019
(Lk. 11:1-13) Seventeenth Sunday In Ordinary Time
Today’s first reading set the message for this day.The Lord heard the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah and He planned to destroy both places. But Abraham pleaded to the Lord not to destroy the two cities in behalf of the good ones. The Lord, in the end, agreed not to destroy them even though only ten good ones remained. God is is really merciful and prayers and pleadings are are heard.
In the Gospel Jesus was asked by His disciples how they must pray. Jesus gave the now famous and favourite Lord’s prayer and more! He told them the story of a friend asking for bread but was turned down. Yet, Jesus said, He will give in to the request because of the friend’s persistence. And He followed it up with how the Father will respond to every asking, seeking, and knocking. The point? If a friend gives in out of persistence, God, who is generous and loving needs NO persistence from us. All we need to do is to express our wants. But a caution must be told here. God is good and therefore, He will give nothing bad.
Furthermore, He always gives the best. Thus, we must learn to accept what He gives. This was clarified by Jesus in the next parable. He reminded His disciples about fathers (and we can include mothers!) who are wicked do not give what will be bad for their children, how much more is God who is all good and loving? In fact, God always give what is good and perfect for us all.
Prayer is important. We have a God who listens and gives the best without persistence.