MORNING MEDITATION IN THE CHAPEL OF THE
Thursday, 10 October 2013
(by L'Osservatore Romano, Weekly ed. in English, n.
42, 18 October 2013)
On Thursday morning, 10 October, Pope Francis commented on the Gospel of the
day taken from the evangelist Luke (11:5-13), in which the Lord teaches his
disciples the importance of persistent prayer.
Pope Francis called the passage the “parable of the of the intrusive,
importune friend” who goes by night to ask his friend for bread for another
friend who had just arrived at his home, for he had nothing to give him.
Pope Francis said: “Jesus speaks to us about this on another occasion: in the
parable of the widow who went day after day to to the corrupt judge who wouldn't
listen to her, and who didn't want to listen to her ... she was so importune,
she pestered him so much that finally, for the sake of getting rid of her, he
gave her justice, he gave her what she was asking for”.
The Pope suggested we reflect on our own prayer: “How do we pray? Do we pray
piously and calmly out of habit or do we place ourselves courageously before the
Lord to ask for grace, to ask for what we are praying for?”. Our attitude is so
important, he explained, for “prayer that is not courageous is not real prayer”.
When we pray, we need “the courage to trust that the Lord is listening to us, we
need the courage to knock at the door... The Lord himself says: ‘everyone who
asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened’”.
Pope Francis asked: “Do we get involved in prayer? Do we know how to knock at
the door of God's heart?”.
In reply he turned to the conclusion of the day's Gospel. “Jesus tells us:
‘What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give
him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then,
who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will
the heavenly Father give ...’ — the Pope paused and said — “and then we expect
to hear he will give good things to you. But no,” he continued, “he doesn't say
that! He says that he will give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him! And this
“When we pray courageously the Lord not only gives us grace; he gives us his
very self in the grace,” for “the Lord never gives or sends a grace by post: he
brings it himself, he is grace!”
Pope Francis concluded: “Today in collect of the Mass we ask the Lord to give
us even that for which we do not know how to ask. And what is that that we don't
know how to ask for? For him! We ask for a grace, but we do not know how to say
to him: come and bring it to me. We know that he always brings a grace; he comes
and gives it to us. Let us not make the mistake of accepting the grace without
acknowledging that the one who brings it, the one who gives it to us, is the