October 12, 2017
Thursday of the 27th Week in Ordinary Time
The Gospel Today
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?”
Reflection (Sem. Lester John D. Cabais)
About half a year before entering the seminary, I had been through a serious father-and-son encounter. It was just a plain talk about the plans for the family, retirement of my mother, career of my two brothers, etc. He, with the other members of the family, already knew that I had the intention of entering a seminary but still, my impending departure has brought a somewhat uncomfortable atmosphere in our home.
I told him that I want to tell him something serious but it took me a while to get directly to the point. I was only forced to go directly and hit my point when my father noticed that I was restless. He asked why I seem to be nervous. He asked if I had done something wrong. There was silence for couple of seconds because I was organizing my thoughts. Then, what he uttered next brought me on tears. He said: “My son, tell me what you feel. There’s nothing that you will tell me that I will not understand because you are my son.” I cried and my father just embraced me. I told him that I have the plan of entering the seminary and I still desire to be a priest despite my age. He said: “What can stop me from giving my yes if that is what you desire? You are my son and there’s nothing that I will not support you.”
Like my father, our Father in Heaven knows the desires of our hearts. He knows it even before we open our mouths in prayer. We are encouraged to faithfully bring all our desires and aspirations to God’s throne of grace. He never fails to appreciate our desire of seeking His will in our lives. He is always more than generous to those who ask, seek and knock before the gates of Heaven. God is listening. Knock, seek and ask!