Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Gn 18:20-32
Col 2:12-14
Lk 11:1-3


“…Ask and you will receive, seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Luke 11:9) I vividly remember sitting at Mass when I was little hearing these words in today’s Gospel thinking to myself, this is too good to be true. If I simply ask God for something I will receive it? But over the years I have learned that this Gospel is telling us much more. What stands out to me in this Gospel and the readings is the idea of persistence and God’s love. In the Gospel, Jesus is telling his disciples that if a friend were to come to them in the middle of the night and ask for bread, while they may not get up to give the bread because of their friendship “he will get up to give him whatever he needs because of his persistence”. In the first reading, Abraham was persistent in asking the Lord if he would sweep away the innocent with the guilty in the city even if the there were only a few innocent people but the Lord replied “For the sake of those ten, I will not destroy it”.  God’s love extends farther than anything I can imagine but it is in seeking a relationship with God and others I draw near.
When I think of love and persistence I think of my parents. They came from Mexico to start a better life and raised my brother and I grounded in faith, love and support. They have taught me to be persistent in chasing my dreams, and to work hard in all that I want to achieve. This summer I am interning with an accounting firm in San Diego and while I am constantly challenged, I am reminded of the love and support that surrounds me. And it was in reflecting on these readings and in thinking of my own experiences I am reminded to ask myself the larger questions in life, to seek God in all that I do and to knock on the different doors that await.
-Ivette Gil ‘17