ASK AND YOU SHA…

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ASK AND YOU SHALL RECEIVE

And Jesus said to his disciples, “Suppose one of you should go to a friend’s house at midnight and say, ‘Friend, let me borrow three loaves of bread. A friend of mine who is on a trip has just come to my house and I don’t have any food for him!’. And suppose your friend should answer from inside, ‘Don’t bother me! The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’

“Well, what then? I tell you that even if he will not get up and give you the bread because you are his friend, yet he will get up and give you everything you need because you are not ashamed to keep on asking.

“And so I say to you: Ask, and you will receive; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. For those who ask will receive, and those who seek will find and the door will be opened to anyone who knocks.

“Would any of you who are fathers give your son a snake when he asks for fish? Or would you give him a scorpion when he asks for an egg? As bad as you are, you know how to give good things to your children. How much more, then, will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
– The Gospel of Luke, 11:5-13
(Good News Bible)

REFLECTIONS ON LUKE

In the Gospel of St Luke, Jesus is clearly described as a ‘healer’.

The Road to Emmaus appearance, based on Luke 2...

The Road to Emmaus appearance, based on Luke 24:13-32, painted by Joseph von F├╝hrich, 1830. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1 He cast out an evil spirit from a man (Luke 4: 31-37)
2 He healed many people including the mother-in-law of Simon his disciple who had a high fever – he stood at her bedside and ordered the fever to leave her and she rose at once. (Luke 4: 38-41)
3 He healed a man suffering from a dreaded skin disease. The man said: ‘Sir, if you want to, you can make me clean’. ┬áJesus replied: ‘I do want to. Be clean!’ (Luke 5: 12-14)
4 He healed a paralysed man – the one who had to be lowered through the roof in his bed; Jesus said to him: ‘I tell you, get up, pick up your bed, and go home!’
(Luke 5: 17-25)
5 He healed a man with a paralysed hand – ‘stretch out your hand’ he told him, and his hand became well again. (Luke 6: 6-10)
6 He healed a large crowd of people who had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. ‘All the people tried to touch him, for power was going out from him and healing them all.’ (Luke 6: 17-19)
7 He healed a Roman officer’s servant who was very sick – the officer had so much faith, he asked Jesus not to bother to come to his house. Jesus was amazed at his faith. His servant was healed. (Luke 7: 1-10)
8 He raised a widow’s son from the dead in the town of Naim. Jesus was moved with great pity at the funeral procession because the dead man was the widow’s only son. Luke says: ‘When the Lord saw her, his heart was filled with pity for her and he said to her, Don’t cry.’ Jesus gave him back to his mother. (Luke 7: 11-16)
9 He healed many women of evil spirits and diseases including Mary Magdalene (Luke 8: 1-3)
10 He healed a man possessed by demons – a very dramatic episode where the demons were driven out of the man and into a herd of pigs (Luke : 26-39)
11 He healed Jairus’ daughter who was only 12 and dying – she was said to be dead in her bed but Jesus raised her up, saying ‘Get up, child!’ Then he ordered that she be given something to eat (Luke 8: 40-56)
12 He healed a woman who had been bleeding for 12 years – she was healed when she touched the edge of his cloak in a crowd. He called her his ‘daughter’, saying her faith had made her whole. (Luke 8: 43-48)
13 He healed a boy with an evil spirit – he had epilepsy and was foaming at the mouth – Luke says ‘Jesus healed the boy and gave him back to his father’ (Luke 9: 37-43)
14 He healed a crippled woman who was bent double – ‘Woman,’ he said, ‘you are free from your sickness.’ (Luke 13: 10-14)
15 He healed a sick man whose legs and arms were swollen and he was accused of healing on the Sabbath by his enemies (Luke 14: 1-6)
16 He healed 10 men suffering from a dreaded skin disease who called out loudly to Jesus asking for his mercy. All were healed but only one came back running to thank him – throwing himself at the feet of Jesus. (Luke 17: 11-19)
17 He healed the blind beggar of Jericho who called out: ‘Jesus! Son of David! Have mercy on me!’ Luke says Jesus asked the man ‘what do you want me to do for you?’ The man said ‘Sir, I want to see again.’ And Jesus said: ‘Then see! Your faith has made you well.’ (Luke 18: 35-43)

27 July 2012