Thursday 27th Week of the Year
“I know something stronger than God: the man who prays. He makes God say ‘Yes’ when he has already said .’No.'” St. John Vianney
A guest showing up late at night
tired and ready for some sleep
was a very common experience
in the culture that Jesus lived.
Remember, no one ever thought of Motel 6.
So it was honorable to roll out the red carpet for a visitor.
If you didn’t do this, the whole village would be scandalized
because honor was everything.
And fresh bread! Everybody knew who just baked fresh bread.
The fellow in the parable just had to follow his nose.
Bread was important because people used it as a utensil
for dipping in common dishes.
Remember Jesus did this with Judas at the Last Supper
just before Judas betrayed him.
Now the neighbor the host asked for bread in the middle of the night
didn’t care much about what people thought.
He said no many times.
But the host persisted like the Canaanite woman
persisted for Jesus to cure her daughter.
St. John Vianney once said,
“I know something stronger than God:
the man who prays.
He makes God say ‘Yes’ when he has already said. ‘No.’”
Could it be that God says “No,”
because he knows we are not ready
to live his answers in their fullness?
Think of a child whose hungry, but not really
and ask mommy for a snack half an hour before dinner.
Mommy says, “No,” not because she’s depriving the child
but she doesn’t want to spoil his meal.
The child is asking for so little
when mommy wants to give him so much more.
God is no different.
Let’s not be afraid to go a little hungry.