Year C – Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – July 28, 2013 – Gospel Reflection

Genesis 18:20-32; Psalm 138:1-2, 2-3, 6-7, 7-8; Colossians 2:12-14; Romans 8:15bc; Luke 11:1-13

Abraham was on such intimate terms with God that God not only spoke with Abraham but listened to Abraham.  God even agreed to change the divine mind, if at least ten innocent people dwelled within Sodom and Gomorrah (Sadly, that condition was not met.)  But, notice what Abraham did before he began to speak with God.  Abraham “drew nearer.”  This was not mere geographical space; it was the space of intimacy.  Abraham drew near to the heart of God and boldly spoke from his heart, “Should not the judge of all the world act with justice?”

Jesus encourages his disciples to be bold when they speak to God saying, “When you pray say: ‘Father…’”  He encourages disciples even now to draw near to the heart of God as a child draws near to a parent, the to both praise and petition God for our most basic needs:  food, forgiveness, and freedom from evil.  Furthermore, Jesus urges us not to be afraid to “pester God,” to persist in our asking, especially for the greatest of all gifts, the Holy Spirit.  We can do this because of the intimacy we have with God because of our baptism in Christ.

God hears and answers all prayers.

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