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The good news for the day October 6

Thursday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time (464) 

Jesus said to students learning from Him: “Think about this– one of you has a friend; you go to his house in the middle of the night to ask, ‘Friend, can you lend me three loaves of bread? A friend of mine has shown up at my house from a trip, and I don’t have anything to offer him.’ The friend replies from the other side of the door, ‘Don’t disturb me; my door is locked already, and my kids and I are in bed by now. I can’t get up to give you anything.’ I am telling you, though, if the friend won’t get out of bed to give him the bread because of friendship, he will get up to give him whatever he needs because of the man’s persistence. (Luke 11)

It is persistence that sometimes succeeds. The true alcoholic knows this, but the rest of us have a moment here to consider persistence in life.

You and I start projects that we might not finish for quite a while—putting recipes in order, making a work bench, going to the gym, sorting out photos.  Some of these projects never get done.  But they are just metaphors—suggestions and thoughts to push you to more permanent projects, more lasting choices about living—living awake and prayerful and “gittin’ ‘er done.”

What projects?  You are not called to externals, to church attendance, or rituals or steady prayers—but the deeper roots of those—the choice to truly depend on God, to trust that our Father can weave good out of your failures, that peace of heart is attainable not your by good works, but by acceptance, by “yes” to the moment-to-moment good and bad that happens. If persistent, we find the arrival of Jesus; if persistent, the gifts come; if persistent in this attitude of welcome—then faith—the key—opens the door. You knock—and keep on knocking. In your heart. In your hope. In your failures. In your awareness of needs around you. When things are worst—you persist. When the need is greatest, you persist

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