The Catholic Calendar for Thursday, October 11, 2007
Thursday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture from today’s Liturgy of the Word:
Malachi 3:13-20b
Psalm 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6
Luke 11:5-13

A reflection on today’s Sacred Scripture:

Again, Jesus describes the enormity of His Father’s love for us, this time comparing it to the love an earthly father has for his own child, “What father among you would hand his son a snake when he asks for a fish?” (Luke 11:11)

If we on earth–all sinful–are willing to give anything, even our lives, for our children, what would our loving God be willing to give us when we ask? “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?” (Luke 11:13)

A neighbor’s house had gone up in flames one cold January morning. The fire hydrants were frozen and the house and everything in it swiftly burned to the ground. The couple’s only child was heartbroken; she had lost everything, including her Beanie Babies–she had collected over 100. She asked her dad, “Can you see if they’re there?”

The next morning was frigid, and with tears streaming down his face, he began his search through the rubble. The figures were practically destroyed, but he was determined, consumed with love and driven by his daughter’s wish. He continued for hours in the bitter cold, until he had searched every square inch of the ruins. He walked away nearly frostbitten, but elated to have found even a few of his daughter’s treasures beneath what remained of their home. A father’s great love.

Even greater is our Heavenly Father’s love for each one of us.

“For everyone who asks, receives.” (Luke 11:10)

– Elizabeth | email: elizabethtichvon(at)comcast(dot)net

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