Good Morning, Brethren!
Luke 11:5 Then He said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and goes to him at midnight and says to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine has come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; and from inside he answers and says, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been shut and my children and I are in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs. “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
Two things to notice:
First, the time of the request – Midnight. St. Ambrose, Bishop comments:
“This passage giveth occasion for this special teaching: At all times prayer should be offered up; not by day only, but by night also. For thou seest that this man who arose at midnight to ask three loaves from his friend, and persevered in his asking, was finally rewarded by the obtaining of his desire.”
Second, the thing requested – three loaves of Bread.
Bread represents what we need for sustenance, especially “the Bread of Refreshment, that Food of Heavenly Mystery.” And notice in the parable the man asks not for himself but for another who is weary and hungry.
Collect of the Day
Grant, we beseech Thee, Almighty God: That we who in all our troubles and adversities do put our trust and confidence in Thy mercy, may ever be defended by Thy mighty power. Through the same Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
May the Lord grant us faith and persistence in asking as we enter into these solemn days of prayer.