Bulletin: July 24, 2016
The Beatitudes praise the poor in spirit. One characteristic of those who are poor in spirit is their ability to ask for help; they know when others can provide what they lack. Today’s readings encourage us to practice poverty in spirit by asking God for what we need. What could be more natural than to ask God for good things? God is, after all, the inventor of goodness and the giver of all good things.
Asking God for help puts us in conversation with God. These conversations take many forms. The reading from Genesis shows Abraham bantering with God like a skilled negotiator, while Saint Paul’s letter to the Colossians praises God for answering us even when we don’t deserve it. In Saint Luke’s Gospel, Jesus not only gives us words to use in our conversations with God (the Our Father), but also promises that God always listens to our prayers.
UNLESS WE BECOME LIKE CHILDREN
Elsewhere in Luke’s Gospel Jesus tells us we must become like children to enter the kingdom of God. Today’s Gospel gives us a practical example of how to become childlike: ask questions, and expect answers. We need to ask as many questions as the neediest, most inquisitive children we know. Moreover, like babies, we need to expect to be cared for. Jesus models this for us, going so far as to let us call God our own Father. The Our Father prayer that Jesus teaches us asks God for many things: a divine plan for our world, daily sustenance, forgiveness, help, and protection. Jesus invites us to ask for these things over and over again. He promises that God will always listen and honor our prayers.
Of course, sometimes babies and children ask for things that aren’t in their best interest, like a third candy bar or a real sword. Like children, we can expect to feel disappointed from time to time when it seems that God has refused to answer our prayers. In those moments, we can remember, like Abraham, that we are but “dust and ashes.” We can be confident that the “judge of all the world” will act with justice for the good of humanity.
Today’s Readings: Gn 18:20–32; Ps 138:1–3, 6–8; Col 2:12–14; Lk 11:1–13
Also in this bulletin:
- Last chance to buy tickets for Festival of Trees
- Updated dates for SCAP services
- Host Our Lady of Fatima Traveling Statue
- Join Legion de Maria
- Come And See Retreat July 29
- Prayer & Life Workshop Aug. 3
- Boy Scouts Recruiting Aug. 14
- Mission Appeal