THEME: If you then, who are evil, know how to give your children what is good, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!’
BY: Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA
HOMILY FOR THURSDAY OCTOBER 6 2022
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
Res Psalm Luke 1:69-75
*FROM THE FIRST READING*
In our first reading of today, St. Paul reminded the faithful not to allow their desires and the weakness of their flesh to sway them to the wrong paths. Otherwise, they would end up losing their way and might even fell off away from the path towards God and His salvation. That is why, St. Paul told them not to listen to those who proclaimed different messages from what he and the other faithful servants of God had preached.
*FROM THE GOSPEL READING*
In today’s Gospel passage, Jesus used two analogies to help his disciples understand how prayer works. First, he spoke of knocking on a friend’s door to ask for a favor. The first step of the one who knocks is noticing that he has needs that he cannot fulfill. Sometimes it is difficult to admit when we cannot take care of our own needs.
The second analogy Jesus used was that of a father who gives good things. He used hyperbole to demonstrate this point. Of course, no good father would give his children snakes or scorpions! But sometimes, we do expect less than good things to come from God. If we ask, own needs.
Dear brothers and sisters, God wants to give us what we most need, and what we most need is the Holy Spirit. It is the Spirit who empowers us to take the path God wants us to take, the path that leads to fullness of life for ourselves and for others, here and now and in eternity. Jesus insists that if we keep on asking God for that gift of the Spirit we won’t find God wanting.
LET US PRAY
Thank you Lord Jesus, for all the good gifts in my life. They are countless! Help me to let go of self-reliance and give me the grace I need to abandon myself to your loving mercy. Jesus, I trust in you.