Thursday, March 9, 2017
Today's Gospel reading is one of my all time favorites and to me it, along with the parable of the Prodigal Son, embodies the very core element of our entire Faith.
We have this Promise - this "law" essentially - that has been given to us and is readily available to all of us with just one requirement: we must Ask for His Help!!
That is it....and for whatever reason so often we simply fail to ask...fail to seek...fail to knock.
Well, I don't know about you but it seems like a tragedy and a shame to have this generous and POWERFUL gift at our disposal, a gift that came at such a high and painful price at the Passion and Crucifixion of our Lord, for us to not even try to utilize it in our times of need and trial?
Afterall, what do we have to lose by simply Asking??
And we all should know exactly what we have to gain by now.
As Gus Lloyd puts it:
"This fierce independent streak that most of us have can be deadly in the spiritual life.
If you think you can handle the spiritual battles in which you must engage every day by yourself, you are sorely mistaken.
You are destined to fail.
If we but go to God and ASK for help, it will be given us.
But the first step is conquering our pride and asking for help.
Father, we recognize that we cannot defeat our sinfulness alone. Help us today to abandon our pride and accept the graces you offer abundantly, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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."