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GOD IS ALWAYS READY TO ANSWER OUR REQUESTS

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Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time

Gal. 3:1-5 & Luke 11:5-13

We are so accustomed to our priests and leaders avoiding stepping on people's toes that Saint Paul's withering blast against the Galatians comes as a surprise. He simply tells it like it is: "Are you people in Galatia mad? Has someone put a spell on you?" He speaks like this because he wants them to understand that now they are Christians they must not rely on observance of the Mosaic Law to be saved but on Christ Whose death and resurrection have saved them.

If God knows everything we need, why did Jesus teach us to ask, to seek and to knock? Is it to remind God of something He has forgotten? This could hardly be the case since God knows all things! Rather, our petitions remind us how needy we are, testifying aloud to the fact that we are not self-sufficient but dependent on our Father.

When we save our prayers for something really special, or turn to God only when we are in extreme circumstances, we not only dishonour God but also do ourselves a great disservice.

Parents know that, when their children were small, they asked for everything. The plea for a biscuit had the same importance as the plea for a big toy! It was only when they grew older that they learnt to save their requests for something really special.

God wants us to continue to come to Him as innocently as little children come to their parents. He will stop at nothing to care for us and to give us good gifts. Jesus assures us of this when He says, "Ask and you will receive."

Heavenly Father, as we endure various trails and adversities, may we persevere in our faith and never stop knowing, loving and serving You in this world, to be happy with You in the next. Your ear is always open to the smallest requests that we have. And so we place all our needs before You, confident that You will do what is in our best interests.

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