Cycle C

Good News C35

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

 Luke 11:1-13 New American Bible

Luke 11:1-13 New International Version Bible Gateway

 

Ask and it shall be given to you.

 

If your little sister asks over and over again for something, it’s hard to ignore her. You may not give it to her, but you definitely remember what she wants.  If you get tired of hearing her ask, you may give in just to keep her quiet.  A squeaky wheel gets the most grease. It gets the most attention.

Many times when we ask God to help us, we have a list of things we want. God answers our prayers.  Many times he gives us exactly what we ask for.  Be careful what you ask for.  What you ask for and what you really need might be two different things.  When we ask God for help, we need to ask him to send us what we need.  He knows what we need far better than we do. 

My Grandmother Sue was a very frugal person.  I asked her how she saved money.  She said if she saw something in the store that she wanted and needed. She waited a month.  If she still wanted and needed it at the end of the month, she bought it.  If not, she kept the money in the bank earning interest. 

If you are the one asking for something over and over and over again, perhaps you might need to do a little work to earn what you want.  Perhaps you could feed the pets, pick up the newspapers, wash the dishes, fold up towels, or some other chore to help persuade family members to give you what you want without so much “squeaking.”

If there is a squeaky wheel begging for something that you think is wrong for them or wrong for you, give them the “broken record.”  “No.  No.  No.  No. No.”

Sometimes God does that, too.  If there is something you have really wanted for over a month and God has not granted your request.  Take a look at what you are asking for.  Perhaps it’s not what you need.  God has something better in store for you.  Just you wait and see.  

Say the “Our Father” and ask God to give you wisdom to make good choices in your life – so that all of your choices on earth lead you to everlasting life in heaven…the great Mall in the sky where you will have everything you need to be happy. 

 

“Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  Amen.”

                                                                                           

 

 

Copyright © 2004 Joan Y. Edwards