One Monk of the Order of Saint Benedict

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The Word of God and the Body of God reveal each other -- the homily worships both.

October 11, 2007

For Thursday of the Twenty-Seventh Ordinary Week of the Church Year

Luke 11:5-13

Yesterday and today in his Gospel, the Lord has been teaching us about prayer.
Yesterday, he started teaching with his own example of prayer.
He was praying, and afterwards began to teach about prayer.
Today, he ends the lesson by telling us something that is true even in his own prayer life.
The communion between the Father and the Son is the Holy Spirit.
The Church's classical way of concluding its prayers to the Father is "through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit" [qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti].
The Holy Spirit is their communion in prayer and in life.
So the Son ends the prayer lesson today by telling us that: “much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.”
We may ask the Father to give us power to do his will on earth.
The power is the Holy Spirit.
We may ask the Father to forgive us.
The freedom and cleansing of forgiveness are in the Holy Spirit.
We may ask the Father to spare us from temptation and evil, and he sends us the counteragent that is the Holiness of the Spirit.
We may ask the Father to feed us this day, and the all-surpassing life he gives and strengthens within us is of the Holy Spirit.
The whole of the “Our Father”— “The Lord’s Prayer”— is a plea that we might be alive in the Spirit as the Son is alive.
The Church speaks and spells out her belief in the Father, in the Son, and in the Holy Spirit, naming the Spirit as “Giver of Life.”
“Giver of Life” is the first name the Church’s faith gives to the Holy Spirit.
So, the beginning of the work of honest prayer is to live and go as Christ to our Father as his sons in the Spirit.
Prayer’s everlasting goal and answer is that we might have life in the Spirit as sons of the Father.
May the Father, through the Eternal Spirit, give us this day the all-surpassing life that is in the Body and Blood of his Son.

That God Be Glorified in All


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