Knowing What to Ask For

3.14.2019

14 March 2019. Thursday of the First Week in Lent

Reflection (Sem. Edgar R. Calma)

A financial coach once said that we have various needs in life. But it is important that we know how to distinguish which are the things that we really need or just want. Our needs, also, have to be determined whether basic or created needs. When we do a laundry list of our monthly expenses, for sure, we will be surprised that there are items which we bought that took many considerations. Sometimes, we acquire things in life based on impulse, on our whims and caprices, on what is fashionable and build our identity and personality on them. But the one million dollar question still remains, do we really know what we need in life? Or better yet, do we really know what to ask for in life?

In the Gospel for today, Jesus is teaching us that we need to storm heaven by asking and begging the Lord for what we need in life. “Ask and it will be given to you; 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. Which one of you would hand his son a stone when he asked for a loaf of bread, or a snake when he asked for a fish? If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good things to those who ask him” (Mt 7:7). Is this not surprising, that Jesus is telling us to be persistent in asking and begging our Heavenly Father, even if we believe that God knows the deepest desires and longings of our heart.

As children of our Heavenly Father, we are invited to really be discerning in asking and begging God for the things that we truly need in life. With all the commercialism and materialism that we have known in our present time, the more that we really need to develop and learn over time, proper discernment and prioritization in matters of what to ask, seek and beg for. It is already a matter of knowing, weighing and evaluating what are truly essential in life and what are the “nice-to-haves.” For sure, the world will tell us that the more we have, the more we acquire, the more we ask for and seek, the better. But, Jesus is asking us to know what is divine and earthly, to discern what is from the Spirit and from the flesh, to evaluate and understand the divine will and what is our own will and desire. This may not really come very handy, but everything is possible with God through our fidelity in prayer, reflection and contemplation of God’s words and presence in our everyday lives.

The Gospel Today
Mt 7:7-12

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Ask and it will be given to you;
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.
Which one of you would hand his son a stone
when he asked for a loaf of bread,
or a snake when he asked for a fish?
If you then, who are wicked,
know how to give good gifts to your children,
how much more will your heavenly Father give good things
to those who ask him.

“Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.
This is the law and the prophets.”

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