Jesus said to his disciples: “Suppose one of you has a friend to whom he goes at midnight and says, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, for a friend of mine has arrived at my house from a journey and I have nothing to offer him,’ and he says in reply from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked and my children and I are already in bed. I cannot get up to give you anything.’ I tell you, if he does not get up to give him the loaves because of their friendship, he will get up to give him whatever he needs because of his persistence.
“And I tell you, ask and you will receive; 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. What father among you would hand his son a snake when he asks for a fish? Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg? If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translation
Today Jesus gives us some comforting words about the love God the Father has for his children. “Ask and you will receive; seek and you will find,” is a beautiful promise I can cling to when I’m worried, anxious, or feeling lost. Loving parents give their children what is good, healthy, and appropriate for them. Jesus reassures us that our Father in heaven will always provide for us too. God shows his love for us in many different ways, but especially through the Holy Spirit who sets our hearts on fire with love for God and for those in need.
What is one simple thing I can ask the Lord today? Do I trust that God will show me what to do? How do I see his generous, loving heart revealed in other people? How have I reflected God’s love to others lately? Am I hospitable, welcoming, generous, and forgiving?
—Maggie Melchior is a convert to the Catholic faith. She currently serves as Coordinator of New Evangelization and Faith Formation for a parish in the Diocese of Green Bay.
“Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day. It is a choice based on the knowledge that we belong to God and have found in God our refuge and safety and that nothing, not even death, can take God away from us. Joy is the experience of knowing that you are unconditionally loved and that nothing–sickness, failure, emotional distress, oppression, war, or even death–can take that love away.”
—Fr. Henri Nouwen, Dutch priest, author, and teacher: 1932-1996Please share the Good Word with your friends!