Deacon Steven Johnson’s Reflection 10-8-20

Homily for Ordinary Time-27th Week Thursday, 10-08-20, Year A
READINGS: 1st Reading 1 Gal 3:1-5, Gospel Lk 11:5-13  
Theme: Persevere in Faith

It is so hard today to stick to something over a long period of time. Whether it be material things like a car, house, clothes, cell phones, etc. We get board easily. We look to get out of our rut and into something new. We change friends, move into different houses, get that new car when we just purchased one a year ago.

It’s OK to look for change, to update and renew things in our lives but we must not let it become a way of life, whimsically floating about from one place or person to another, believing this one day and that the next.

When we ask for something it should be with thought and sincerity. Do I really need what I am asking for or is it just satisfying the latest craving? Do I believe I will get what I need or am I already doubting the outcome?

St. Paul is chastising the Galatians because of their lack of faith and perseverance. The minute he leaves, and they are left to their own accord, they quickly begin to doubt the teachings. They listen to the Judaizers who tell them they can believe in this Jesus, but they still must follow the law (if they are going to be Jewish Christians they need to be circumcised). Their persistence in the faith of what they have actually witnessed and heard from firsthand accounts of Jesus and his Gospel, quickly weans away and they begin to fall into their old ways. The Galatians themselves felt the power of the Holy Spirit when they were converted to the faith but now pay no heed to it. St. Paul is telling them that the gift of the Holy Spirit and the faith they received from Him is the only truth they need to follow for it was not works of the law that gave them the Holy Spirit but Christ Himself. They should not be doubting and allowing false profits to disrupt their faith. They must remain faithful to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

St. James put it best in 1:2-8 when he says, “but he should ask in faith, not doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed about by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord,”.

Jesus also talks of persistence and the ability to stay the course in tough times. There is a lesson from each person’s perspective in the Gospel. First, the friend who needs the loaves of bread is in great need. He cannot go back to his house where a hungry friend in need is waiting. He must persist in his request having faith that his request will be granted. If he did not have faith, he would not have had persistence and stayed knocking at the door until his friend gave him what he asked for. For the man of the house, it is his good conscience that eventually pushes him to get up and give his friend the loaves, not just because they are friends, but because it’s the right thing to do, the very thing Christ would do.

As St. James put it, we must ask in faith, never doubting, then and only then will what we ask for be granted. We cannot get something we need without asking for it. So ask and it will be given you, take the time to seek what you need and when you get there knock and the door will be opened, and what you seek will be there waiting for you, but remember do it all in faith and never doubt.

Published by St. James, Belvidere

Saint James Catholic Church, Belvidere, IL