Thursday, March 9, 2017

Reflection for March 9, 2017

Thursday of the First Week in Lent
EST C:12, 14-16, 23-25
PS 139:1-2AB, 2CDE-3, 7C-8
PS 51:12A, 14A
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. 

In today’s passage, Jesus reminds us that if we ask, seek, or knock, God will respond. It takes a great deal of humility to ask God for anything. In our prayers to God, we take before Him our doubts, fears, and faults and ask for help where we fall short. Before we can ask God for anything, we must admit our great need for Him. Jesus tells us to seek and we will find. To seek is to search continuously. It is the classic “finding God in all things” approach to our lives. In order to find what our heart is searching for, we need to live in prayerful discernment and open ourselves up to the movements of the Holy Spirit. Jesus is looking to us to actively seek Him out in our lives. Lastly, Jesus asks us to knock. This request takes the humility we learned from asking and the focus we learned from seeking and brings us before God to await His response. We do not yell for God at a distance, we knock on the door of His own heart. Coming this close to God takes vulnerability and a great trust. While awaiting the response of God, it can often feel like we are holding our breath. Each Lenten season, we are challenged by the increase in intentionality of prayer, the sacrifices offered, and the emotional heaviness of the Passion. Lent is meant to test us and to bring us out of our comfort zone. It is a period of time where we are asking, seeking, and knocking to know Christ more. When Easter arrives, Jesus fulfills all we asked for, all we sought, and He opens every door. This is because, at the core of what we need and want, is the assurance of God and His love for us. Jesus dying on the cross and rising again provides us the gift of having complete confidence in God who will always love us and take care of us.

Franki Feinberg is a junior nursing major from Houston, Texas.

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