Thursday, February 25, 2010

A love that is always there (Thursday, 1st Week of Lent, Mt. 7:7-12)

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.”

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Jesus reminds his disciples of the tremendous love the Father has for them. It’s a love that only seeks what is good for his children. It’s a love that explains why at times, what we ask for is not what we receive. Yes, God’s ways are mysterious, the workings of his mind even more so. And part of this mystery is the care he gives to us which we sometimes fail to fully comprehend.

True enough, there are moments—sometimes even very difficult ones—when we ask God for assistance and find our prayers seemingly unanswered. And then we begin to wonder, if not doubt, about the providence of God and his care for us.

When moments such as these come, it would be good for us to remember the words of Jesus in today’s gospel reading. They are words meant to assure us, that although we sometimes fail to see God’s concern for us, it is there nonetheless, just as real as the sun which sometimes hides behind thick clouds on a rainy day.

"The Kingdom of Heaven is a condition of the heart." (Friedrich Nietzsche)