Gospel of the day

Sunday July 24, 2016

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 11:1-13.

Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples." He said to them, "When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread and forgive us our sins for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us, and do not subject us to the final test." And he said to them, "Suppose one of you has a friend to whom he goes at midnight and says, 'Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, for a friend of mine has arrived at my house from a journey and I have nothing to offer him,' and he says in reply from within, 'Do not bother me; the door has already been locked and my children and I are already in bed. I cannot get up to give you anything.' I tell you, if he does not get up to give him the loaves because of their friendship, he will get up to give him whatever he needs because of his persistence. And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. What father among you would hand his son a snake when he asks for a fish? Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg? 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?"


Commentary Saint Catherine of Siena
Your truth told us to cry out, and we should be answered; to knock, and it would be opened to us; to beg, and it would be given to us. Oh! Eternal Father, your servants do cry out to your mercy; and so, answer us. I know well that mercy belongs to your very being; therefore you cannot deny it or refuse it to those who ask for it. Your servants knock at the door of your truth, because in the truth of your only-begotten Son (Jn 14:6) they know the ineffable love which you have for mankind. Therefore the fire of your love cannot refuse to open to those who knock with perseverance. Open therefore, unlock, and break the hardened hearts of men, whom you created – if not for the sake of those who do not knock, at least on account of your infinite goodness, and through your love of your servants who knock at you for their sakes. Grant the prayer of those, Eternal Father who, as you see, stand at the door of your truth and pray… Open the door of your inestimable love which you have given us through the door of your Word. I know indeed that you open even before we can knock, for it is with the love which yourself have given to your servants that they knock and cry to you, seeking your honor and the salvation of souls. Give them then the bread of life, that is to say, the fruit of the blood of your only-begotten Son.