Asking, then always receiving?

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17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Having already taught the disciples the Our Father, Jesus wants to encourage them to pray with confidence and zeal so he tells a story I think is often misunderstood.  A person comes knocking at the door in the middle of the night to ask for a few loaves to feed a friend who has just arrived on a journey.  The other person is in bed; everyone is asleep and does not want to get up and help.  Hey we have all been there.  But Jesus says that even if friendship does not motivate the person to give up the loaves then the neighbor’s persistence will force him.  In other words, annoyance will win the day.  I think that often gives us a false impression of our relationship with God in prayer.  We think of ourselves as that persistent neighbor and God as the reluctant…

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