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Cure For The Blahs

Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find
Luke 11:1-13

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Sermon Week Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 11:9


In a little book about children and religion, actor Dick Van Dyke tells the story of a little girl who is asked by her mother if she had said her night prayers. "Yes, mother," she replies, "but when I got down on my knees I began thinking that God hears the same old stuff every night ... So I told him the story of the three bears instead." Van Dyke tells of another little girl who was asked to suggest a prayer for her Sunday School class. She said, "I think we should pray for all the people with the blahs!"

In the "Peanuts" comic strips, Charlie Brown's dog, Snoopy, occasionally becomes rather philosophical. In one scenario, Snoopy is stretched out on the ground in what appears to be a state of deep meditation. Then Charlie Brown and Linus come walking by. Snoopy looks up at them and asks himself, "I wonder why some of us were born dogs while others were born people? Somehow, it doesn't seem fair!" Then Snoopy gets up and saunters down the street, asking, "Why should I be the lucky one?"

In today's Gospel Lesson, Jesus is telling us that we are the lucky ones, all of us -- even those of us who have a bad case of the blahs at the moment! He says to each and every one of us, without exception,

Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives, and he who seeks, finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened (Lk.11:9-10).

I am certain that many of us find it very easy to identify with the disciple in today's Gospel Lesson who comes to Jesus and says, "Lord, teach us to pray" (Lk.11:1).

We can identify with that disciple because we know that prayer is important. We know also that many times we go through the motions of praying with the utmost piety, but nothing seems to happen. And we tend to get discouraged. Or we try to find some gimmick [...]

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