Thursday 9 October 2014

Jesus on prayer

The parable of the man who would not get up to give bread, and the House of the Parables at Taibeh - Ephraim overlooking the Judean desert (Jn 11:54).

The continuation of Jesus' teaching on prayer. Three points, or perhaps four:
  1. Ask, knock, search.
  2. Ask persistently
  3. Ask with faith: your Father who is good knows to give you what is good
  4. Ask for the Holy Spirit.
Ignatius: chiedere insistentemente per la grazia di una intima conoscenza di te, per amarti di più e seguirti di più. Ask three times a day. Ask persistently, insistently. 

And Jesus: Ask for the Holy Spirit.

And: desire not only the end, but also the means. The means call for imagination, and with the imagination enters the corruption of the world, the biases of common sense. Jesus was tempted not as to his identity, but as to how to be Messiah, as to the means. The temptation to power, fame, spectacularity. 

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