The Gospel Today
Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished,
one of his disciples said to him,
“Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.”
He said to them, “When you pray, say:
Father, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread
and forgive us our sins
for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us,
and do not subject us to the final test.”
And he said to them, “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 the visitor 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?”
There were times in my life that I have been stuck in my dungeon of doubt – can I do this, should I even do it, why me, why not others, is this really necessary? My intellect would ferociously dictate something else but my heart would softly whisper another.
I was in my early 20s when I first ventured overseas. Armed with undying faith, I traversed the jungle of the corporate world in Singapore. Young and carefree, I faced the lonely yet fulfilling battle of independence.
I actively involved myself in a community to ease out the melancholy of a starting expatriate. I engaged myself with the activities of Singles for Christ to fill up my daily schedule. “Seek and you shall find.” I sought for companionship and found it in the persons of my brothers and sisters in the CFC-SFC family.
I fervently prayed to God for a job which would not hinder my delivery of tasks entrusted to me by my community. Lo and behold. My superior turned out to be an elder brother in CFC. It was a breeze to avoid schedule conflicts since he would understand my other circumstances. “Ask and you shall receive.”
Then with that same job, several wider gates were opened. God’s countenance abound. I launched my hosting career. I starred in some digital films. Mighty providences overflowed. “Knock and it shall be opened.”
Perseverance in praying and in doing – these get me going. God knows what we need but sometimes we listen to the wrong answers. He has done infinite miracles in my life. I have witnessed them. Brace yourself for you are next in His list. In all these, may God be praise.