March 13, 2014

The Gospel Today 

Thursday of the First Week in Lent

Matthew 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.”

Reflection (Sem. Daniel Voltaire Hui):

     When I was a child, I used to put socks on the wall of our living room during Christmas with my letter for Santa Clause in it; asking for the gift I want to receive. It was only to find out eventually that it was my parents who grant my wish. They would encourage us before to write a letter to Santa, and be specific with what we want. My parents know that I want something and but they need to know it exactly to see if they can give it to me or if I really need it. This is what I remember upon reading the Gospel today, God answers our prayers, but we need to tell Him. As He said; ask and it will be given to you; seek and you shall find; knock and the door will be opened to you. God may know everything we wish and need even before we ask Him, however coming to Him by asking and praying would mean so much. A father would know the needs of his son, but how much desire his son on a particular thing would matter if he really asks for it. Same with our Father, He grants the desire of our hearts according to His own will, but for us to come to Him and pray matters a lot, that our prayer becomes our means of strengthening our paternal relationship with Him and a recognition that He is our Father, above and greater than us.

     It is better to desire and asked for it than not at all. Is it not good if we base our desire to God whether He will grant it or not? He knows us well, and so, no prayers He does not grant that would put us to a better state. For if our earthly fathers grant our desire and weighs things if we need it, how much more our Heavenly Father.

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