Gospel: Luke 11:1-13

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke.

One day Jesus was praying in a certain place.  When he had finished, one of his disciples asked him, ”Rabbi, teach us to pray as John taught his disciples.”  He said to them, “When you pray, say:

“Abba God,

Hallowed be your name,
may your reign come.

Give us each day our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins

for we too forgive all who do us wrong;
and subject us not to the trial.”

Jesus said to them: “Suppose one of you had a friend to whom you went in the middle of the night and said, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves, for some friends of mine have come in from a journey and I have nothing to offer them,’ and the friend answered, ‘Leave me alone.  The door is shut now and my family and I are in bed.  I can’t get up to look after your needs’.  I tell you, even if not out of friendship, then because of your persistence, your friend would get up and take care of you and give
you as much as you needed.”

“So I say to you, ‘Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you.’ ”

“For whoever asks, receives; whoever seeks, finds; whoever knocks, is admitted.  What parent among you will give your son a snake if he asks for a fish, or hand your daughter a scorpion if she asks for an egg?  If you, with all your sins, know how to give your children good things, how much more will your loving God in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask.”

The Good News as spoken through Luke.

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