The Gospel Today
Thursday of the First Week in Lent
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. Randy D. Buquis)
The Gospel today shows how Jesus describes a prayer: asking, seeking and knocking. One commentary says that “Ask” is the act of prayer in its simplest form. “Seek” conveys intensity and earnest sincerity and “knock” signifies persistence.
One thing I learned here in the seminary is to ask help from the other brothers, which is for me a manifestation of humility. I know we do have our own strengths and weaknesses. I asked myself then, what hinders me to recognize God’s gifts to me? This question led me to see that holding on to my own past and relying on my own wrong perspective in life led me to failing to see those gifts bestowed on me.
As I discovered my strengths as well as my limitations, I was able to see that I cannot do everything by myself. As I asked help from other people, I realized that it is an opportunity for me to build relationships with them. In addition, the tasks became lighter and gave me an opportunity to help others who are also in need.
These experiences invite me and drive me not to be discouraged in many times the answers to my prayers are delayed. God knows us and He really cares for us. We are all invited to keep asking our merciful Father with sincerity and persistence. He will answer and deliver all the good gifts to us.