Thursday, 10 October 2019 -
Thursday of the Twenty-seventh week in Ordinary Time
Readings of day

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 11:5-13.

Jesus said to his disciples: "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 him 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?"
Copyright © Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, USCCB

St Mark the Ascetic
"About the necessity to pray always without becoming weary" (Lk 18:1)

Pray persistently about everything, and then you will never do anything without God's help. Nothing is stronger than prayer in its action, nothing more effective in winning God's favor. Prayer comprises the complete fulfilment of the commandments; for there is nothing higher than love for God. Undistracted prayer is a sign of love for God; but careless or distracted prayer is a sign of love for pleasure. He who can without strain keep vigil, be long-suffering and pray is manifestly a partaker of the Holy Spirit. But he who feels strain while doing these things, yet willingly endures it, also quickly receives help. (…) If you want with a few words to benefit one who is eager to learn, speak to him about prayer, right faith, and the patient acceptance of what comes. For all else that is good is found through these. (…) Escape from temptation through patience and prayer. If you oppose temptation without these, it only attacks you more strongly. (…) Everything we say or do without prayer afterwards turns out to be unreliable or harmful, and so shows us up without our realizing it. (…) Following the sequence just described, we should try to find the dwelling place and knock with persistent prayer (cf. Mt 7:7), so that either in this life or at our death the Master may open to us and not say because of our negligence: "I do not know where you have come from (Lk 13:25). Not only ought we to ask and receive, but we should also keep safely what is given; for some people lose what they have received.

"On those who think that they are made righteous by works." Texts: nos. 94-98, 102, 106, 108, 225 (The Philokalia, vol. 1, trans. G.E.H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard, Kallistos Ware; © Faber, 1979)