Thursday of the 27th Week of Ordinary Time
In our Gospel reading, Jesus relates the example of someone coming to a friend at an inopportune time to ask for a favor. Even though the put upon friend is disinclined to help, he or she will do so just to get a little peace, just to be left alone. We’ve all been on both sides of this story.
The point of the story, Jesus tells us, is that we are to ask God for what we need. But God isn’t like the person in the story, giving us what we want to make us stop asking. God never tires of listening to us ask for what we really need in our lives. We have to make a distinction between what we may want and what we really need. Jesus indicates this when he says, “If you, with all your sins, 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.” Ask for no less than the gift of the Holy Spirit, that breath of God within us that gives us life, makes us Christ-like and true daughters and sons of God.