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Luke [11:5-13] Perseverance in Prayer Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 11,5-13. Jesus said to his disciples: "Suppose one of you has a friend to whom he goes at midnight and says, …More
Luke [11:5-13] Perseverance in Prayer

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 11,5-13.

Jesus said to his disciples: "Suppose one of you has a friend to whom he goes at midnight and says, 'Friend, lend me three loaves of bread,
for a friend of mine has arrived at my house from a journey and I have nothing to offer him,'
and he says in reply from within, 'Do not bother me; the door has already been locked and my children and I are already in bed. I cannot get up to give you anything.'
I tell you, if he does not get up to give him the loaves because of their friendship, he will get up to give him whatever he needs because of his persistence.
And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
What father among you would hand his son a snake when he asks for a fish?
Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg?
If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?"

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Symeon the New Theologian (c.949-1022)
Greek monk, saint of the Orthodox churches
Catechesis 33, vol. III. Thanksgiving 1-2


“To the one who knocks, the door is opened”
Christ said to the Scholars of the Law: “Woe to you, you have taken away the key to knowledge!”. What is the key to knowledge if not the grace of the Holy Spirit given by faith, which by its illumination produces complete knowledge and opens our closed and covered spirits? (…) And I say in addition: the door is the Son. “I am the door,” he says. The key to the door is the Holy Spirit: “Receive the holy Spirit,” he says, “whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.” The house is the Father: “In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places.” So pay close attention to the spiritual meaning of these words. (…) If the door does not open no one can enter the Father’s house, as Christ says: “No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Now, since the Holy Spirit first opens our minds and teaches us everything concerning the Father and the Son, it is also he who said: “When the Spirit of truth comes, who proceeds from the Father, he will testify to me, and lead you into all truth.” You see how through the Spirit, or rather in the Spirit, the Father and the Son allow themselves to be known inseparably. (…)
Indeed, if we call the Holy Spirit the key, it is because it is first of all through him and in him that we have our minds cleansed and, made pure, we are enlightened with the light of knowledge, and baptized from on high, regenerated and made children of God, as Saint Paul says: “The Spirit himself intercedes for us with inexpressible groanings,” and again: “God sent his Spirit into our hearts, crying out, ‘Abba! Father!’ “Thus, it is he who shows us the door, the door that is light, and the door teaches us that he who dwells in the house is also inaccessible light.
(Biblical references: Lk 11,52; Jn 10,7.9; 20,22-23; 14,2; 10,3; 14,6; 15,26; 6,13; Rm 8,26; Gal 4,6)