Monday, July 29, 2013

Fathers in Luke 11

Look at all the fathers in Sunday's [three-year] Gospel (Luke 11:1-13).

"Our Father who art in heaven." 

Then comes the parable of the friend at midnight.  Did you notice that the neighbor (the one who doesn't want to get out of bed to hand over the bread) is a father?  He's in bed with his children.  He's unwilling to grant the unreasonable request of the dude next door, and we always think he's a selfish grump.  But maybe he's just trying to take care of his children.  (Every mama knows what it's like to have the babies awakened by noisy neighbors.  Yeah . . .  you know what I'm talkin' about.  We can understand the fellow-with-the-bread having loads of love for his kids ... and no heart for the guy who's pounding on the door and disturbing the munchkins.)

Then comes the example of the human kids asking their human dads for something necessary, and how daddies take care of their kids instead of hurting them.

Then comes a heavenly Father who gives the Holy Spirit.


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