Readings for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 11:1-13; Colossians 2:6-15; Genesis 18:17-33

How do you imagine God? What is He like? What does He think about, and what does He think about you?Thankfully, we are not left to dream up answers to these questions on our own. We have solid, insider information on the nature and character of God, and Sunday’s readings give us particular insight.

     In the Gospel lesson, Jesus teaches his disciples not only how to pray but how to know the One to whom they are praying. We should know God never tires of hearing our requests. He wants to give us good things, especially the gift of the Holy Spirit (Luke 11). Through Abraham’s intercessory prayer on behalf of Sodom and Gomorrah, we learn that God’s love for the righteous can result in mercy toward the wicked. For the sake of even ten righteous He would have spared hundreds, perhaps thousands of sinners (Gen 18). In Christ we see that number reduced to one. One righteous man covered the sins of the whole world.

     Our epistle reading reminds us that while our spiritual life begins passively at the baptismal font, God sparks a faith there that must be actively walking in Christ and rejecting the empty philosophies of an unbelieving world (Col 2).