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».
Esther can be a good example for us today, particularly in a difficult moment of life. Some of us may be pushed to such extreme situation, beyond our limit and capabilities, where we have no visible signs of hope. It is in such moment of life, we as Christians, should remain faithful and persevere in our faith in God. Our faith in God is not because today everything is fine for me, rather in God everything will be fine one day, including my pains and disappointments.
This faith is born in our conviction of divine goodness. Since God is good, he can’t allow something wrong for me. Even when we are confronted with such painful moments of life, after trying all the given means possible, we put everything in the hand of God, that God is capable of transforming all the evil inflicted into me, as a blessing and be a graced filled moments of life.
It is here Jesus is inviting us to pray and search for the divine will. Let us not be disappointed when our prayers are not heard. We should humbly surrender to the divine will. Jesus has taught us, how to be faithful to God, even on the Cross. Today Jesus adds one more element in our prayer life, the neighbour. We can’t be exclusive, rather inclusive, particularly in our personal engagements and actions towards them. It is here we cooperate in building of the kingdom of God.
Action of the day: Pray and be generous.
«For everyone who asks, receives; whoever seeks, finds»
Fr. Joaquim MESEGUER García
(Rubí, 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.