The Gospel reading today portrays God as father who would do and give everything for the happiness and contentment of his children. And this is true, even when we understand this generosity of God according to our own interest. We set what we believe is good for us and expect God to give them to us. We want to receive the things we have asked from Him in the time and manner we want them to receive. Our wrong interpretation of God’s generosity often leads to our own disappointment. We
asked God in prayer. We knocked on His door and pleaded to Him, but God would have no answer. It seems that God is blind and deaf to our prayer.
We need to understand God’s generosity correctly. The Gospel may seem to portray God as a father who spoils, but He is not. He determines and gives the things we need in the time and manner that will yield the good we need. God is generous. My life experience testifies to this. After college graduation, I was eager to secure a job. I sent application letters. A bank responded and I was asked to come for interview. The possibility of hiring was high, but, after my last interview, I never heard from them again. I was frustrated. However, my quest to find a job continued. I tried applying abroad. Fortunately, I was
hired and was able to go abroad. There, my won and my family’s life started to change for the better. Little did I know that it would become far better. While abroad, I felt the call of God to the priesthood and decided to heed that call.
God’s generosity is always directed to the fulfillment of His will for us. There are times, we would feel that God is indifferent to us. If only we can pause for a moment and look back on our past experiences, we will realize how God has always been generous to us.
By Sem. Rodel Aclan
THE GOSPEL TODAY
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.”