Jesus said to his disciples, «Ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened. For everyone who asks, receives; whoever seeks, finds; and the door will be opened to him who knocks. Would any of you give a stone to your son when he asks for bread? Or give him a snake, when he asks for a fish? As bad as you are, you know how to give good things to your children. How much more, then, will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him! So, do to others whatever you would that others do to you: there you have the Law and the Prophets».
Lenten season is a moment of renewal and a joyful pilgrimage towards the Pascal event. The mother Church invites her faithful to deepen her prayer, thus the faithful will be able to re-establish the broken relationship with the Father. The more we better our human relationship, the better we understand the divine initiatives in us.
Since God has created man in His own image, the humanity is the best tool of divine understanding. Jesus uses normal images and symbols to help us to understand God. Today He is asking us to see our own family and the family relationship. Man even in his weakness knows to love and take care of his dear and near ones, particularly his children. From this human reality, Jesus is asking us to infer the divine truth of unconditional divine love. This God continues to love us and care about us. The Christian faith helps us, even in our desperate moment of life, in our total brokenness, just like Esther, to put all our trust in the Lord.
The personal conversion and belief in this wonderful God, is the finality of our engagement in this Lenten time. Our faith should give us the energy to put all our talents and gifts to serve the humanity. Thus, in this human service, we will be able to serve God. Jesus in today’s gospel is asking each and every one of us, to behave just like His Father and cooperate with Him, in the building of heaven on this earth.
«For everyone who asks, receives; whoever seeks, finds»
Fr. Joaquim MESEGUER García
(Sant Quirze del Vallès, Barcelona, Spain)
Today, Jesus reminds us of the need and power of prayer. We cannot understand our Christian life without being related to God, and in this relation, prayer takes a central place. While we live in this world, we Christians find ourselves on a pilgrimage road, but our prayer gets us closer to God, opens up the door of his immense love and brings forward the Heaven delights. This is why, our Christian life is a constant request and search: «Ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened» (Mt 7:7), says Jesus to his disciples.
At the same time, the prayer gradually turns a stone heart into a flesh heart: «As bad as you are, you know how to give good things to your children. How much more, then, will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!» (Mt 7:11). The best summary we can ask God can be found in Our Lord's Prayer: «Your kingdom come and your will be done, on earth as in heaven» (cf. Mt 6:10). We, therefore, cannot ask just anything in our prayers, but something which is really for our own good. If nobody wants to hurt himself, we should not want any damage for others, either.
We, sometimes, fail to see God's concern for us, for we find our prayers seemingly unanswered or may even feel God does not love us. In such moments, it will do us good to remember this advice from Saint Jerome: «It is certain God gives to he, who asks, that he, who seeks, finds, and that he, who knocks, will be opened: It is clearly seen that he, who has not received, who has not found, who has not been opened, is just because he did not know how to ask, how to seek nor how to knock at the door». Let us, therefore, ask God, in the first place, to give us a loving heart just like that of Jesus Christ.