- Hosea 1:2-10 and Psalm 85 •
- Genesis 18:20-32 and Psalm 138 •
- Colossians 2:6-15, (16-19) •
- Luke 11:1-13
|Landscape with destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah -- Joachim Patinir c.1520|
Persistence is also a feature of the Gospel passage. Jesus recounts a little episode in which a villager’s persistent knocking on the door of a neighbor finally produces the bread he needs to feed a guest who unexpectedly arrives at midnight. By extension, it seems, we should be willing to persist in knocking on God’s door, and making sure He knows what we need.
|'Give us this day our daily bread' (photograph) Rudolph Eickemeyer|
The constant repetition of ‘the Lord’s prayer’ has been the practice of Christians from the earliest time. This itself exhibits a kind of persistence -- not the relentless persistence of a demanding child who will not take no for an answer, but a willingness to pray again and again, despite what sometimes feels like divine silence. Such prayer is grounded in the belief that God’s love is sure to secure the best for us. And perhaps, indeed, it is in the practice of prayer itself that we obtain the gift that Jesus actually promises us in this Gospel passage – the gift of the Holy Spirit.