March 9, 2017
Thursday of the First Week in Lent
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.”
REFLECTION (Sem. Randy D. Buquis)
The Gospel today focuses on our disposition in waiting for our own petitions from God’s own way and will. It is a good reminder that God truly listens to our prayer, since God knows our needs and truly cares for us. It is good to ask ourselves now, “What kind of disposition do we need in listening to God’s will and plans for us? Does our prayer lead us to follow the call and will of God for us? What are the good things we pray for God to give our family and friends?”
The Gospel today leads me not just to ask or knock but to have a disposition of persistence, patience, and trust; a disposition to stay, to hold and to value waiting. I remember that when I was still working, I always asked the Lord to give and lend me one or two months to be in union with Him. I always pray to be with the Lord. This prayer was answered only eight years ago when I entered the seminary and was able to join the Thirty-Day Ignatian retreat. I was able to remember that this retreat is the answer to my prayer a long time ago but it was granted in perfect time and God’s time.
On the other hand, the Gospel is also reminding us to examine whether the things we ask or pray for will be for our good or for the benefit of others. For St. Ignatius, it is for the greater glory of God. Let this be our guide in asking our petitions for the greater glory of His Name.