Thursday of the 27th Week in Ordinary Time

October 12, 2023

Daily Mass Readings for Thursday of the 27th Week in Ordinary Time

Cycle 1 is used in odd numbered years and Cycle 2 is used in even numbered years. The gospel is the same for both years. 2023 is Cycle 1. 2024 is Cycle 2.

  • First Reading (Cycle 1) – Malachi 3:13-20b: “But for you who fear my name, there will arise the sun of justice with its healing rays.”
  • First Reading (Cycle 2) – Galatians 3:1-5: “I want to learn only this from you: did you receive the Spirit from works of the law, or from faith in what you heard?”
  • Responsorial Psalm (Cycle 1) – Psalm 1: “Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.”
  • Responsorial Psalm (Cycle 2) – Luke 1 (The Canticle of Zachariah): “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people.”
  • Gospel Luke 11:5-13: “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.”

Reflection for Thursday of the 27th Week in Ordinary Time

In today’s gospel, Jesus speaks of persistence. Keep asking. Keep seeking. Don’t give up.

Persistence can be a difficult thing. What is the difference between being persistent and obstinate? Perhaps the second part of the gospel is the clue. We should keep asking, but should also trust that God will give us something good.

Prayer

Lord, hear my prayers. I need your help every day. But if what I ask is not for the good of my soul or others, give me what you think is right instead. Amen.

Word On Fire: The Power of Prayer

From Bishop Robert Barron. “Friends, our Gospel today is about prayer and the power of prayer. This excerpt from Luke is filled with wisdom in regard to the proper attitude of prayer. What is prayer, and how should we pray?” Continue reading.

Sacred Space: Intercession

From Sacred Space. “Asking, searching, knocking, are the actions of someone in need. The theme of prayer continues in today’s gospel. The question Jesus raises is faith. Do you believe that God the Father will give if you ask?” Continue reading.

USCCB Reflection: Asking with Persistence

Why must we persist in asking? Why must we ask at all? We cannot manipulate God. What we are really asking for is the Holy Spirit. We desire the same Spirit which Jesus had.

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