Word of the day
Reading of the day
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles
After staying in Antioch some time,
Paul left and traveled in orderly sequence
through the Galatian country and Phrygia,
bringing strength to all the disciples.
A Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria,
an eloquent speaker, arrived in Ephesus.
He was an authority on the Scriptures.
He had been instructed in the Way of the Lord and,
with ardent spirit, spoke and taught accurately about Jesus,
although he knew only the baptism of John.
He began to speak boldly in the synagogue;
but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him,
they took him aside
and explained to him the Way of God more accurately.
And when he wanted to cross to Achaia,
the brothers encouraged him
and wrote to the disciples there to welcome him.
After his arrival he gave great assistance
to those who had come to believe through grace.
He vigorously refuted the Jews in public,
establishing from the Scriptures that the Christ is Jesus.
Gospel of the day
From the Gospel according to John
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.
Until now you have not asked anything in my name;
ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.
“I have told you this in figures of speech.
The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures
but I will tell you clearly about the Father.
On that day you will ask in my name,
and I do not tell you that I will ask the Father for you.
For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me
and have come to believe that I came from God.
I came from the Father and have come into the world.
Now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”
Words of the Holy Father
God is a friend. He is a wealthy friend who has bread, he has what we need. It is as if Jesus says: “Be insistent in prayer. Don’t get tired.” But don’t get tired of what? Of asking. “Ask and you will receive”. Prayer is work that requires will-power, it requires perseverance, it requires determination, without being embarrassed. Why? Because I am knocking at my friend’s door. God is a friend, and I can do this with a friend. Constant, insistent prayer. (Homily, Santa Marta, 11 October 2018)
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