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Thursday, October 8th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Luke 11:5-13.


Thursday of the Twenty-seventh week in Ordinary Time

8 October 2015

‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked

and my children and I are already in bed.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 11:5-13. 

Jesus said to his disciples: “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?”

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DAILY MASS – Thursday 8 October 2015

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Thursday of the Twenty-seventh week in Ordinary Time

8 October 2015

Commentary of the day

Saint Thomas Aquinas

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Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274),

Dominican theologian, Doctor of the Church
Compendium theologiae, II, ch. 1

It is fitting to pray

According to God’s providential design it has been granted to everything that exists to attain its end according to its nature. People, too, in order to obtain what they hope from God, have received a means adapted to the human condition. This condition allows us to make use of prayer to obtain from others what we are hoping for, especially if the other whom we are addressing is superior to us. This is why it is recommended to pray in order to receive from God whatever we hope to receive from him. But the necessity of prayer differs according to whether it is a question of gaining something from another person or from God.

   When a prayer is addressed to another person it must first of all express the desire and need of the one who prays. It also has to bend the heart of the person asked to the point of causing it to give way. But these two elements no longer have any place in prayer offered to God. When we pray we do not need to worry about making our desires or needs known to God who knows all. This is how the psalmist speaks to the Lord: “All my desire is before you” (Ps 37[38],10). And we read in the Gospel: “Your Father knows what you need” (Mt 6,8). Nor is it a question of bending the divine will with human words to want something it did not want before, for it is said in the book of Numbers: “God is not man that he should speak falsely, nor human, that he should change his mind” (23,19).

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Thursday of the Twenty-seventh week in Ordinary Time

8 October 2015

Saint of the day

St. Demetrius, Martyr († c. 306)

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SAINT DEMETRIUS OF SIRMIUM
Martyr

(† c. 306)

        Saint Demetrius was born to a wealthy, noble family and raised Christian. He was a soldier and a Deacon. He was raised to the rank of Duke of Thessaly by the Emperor Maximian. But when he was found to be a Christian he was arrested and imprisoned in a bath-house. He was run through with spears c.306 at Sirmium (in modern Serbia).

St. Demetrius was extremely popular in the Middle Ages and was reported to have appeared during a battle in 586, centuries after his death to help defend Thessalonika.
        Over 200 churches in the Balkans are known to have been dedicated to him. His relics were said to emit holy oil.

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