FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
FEBRUARY 25, 2021
First Thursday of Lent
WORD of the DAY
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.” (Matthew 7: 7 – 12)
How shall I live this Word?
“Ask”, “seek”, “knock”… Three indispensable and decisive actions in our life of faith. These are the attitudes to have towards the Lord. They indicate full awareness, maturation of desire that becomes action, insistence almost to the point of stubbornness. If only one of these pieces were missing, the prayer would be incomplete, weak, debased; the gear of the Christian life would be jammed, defective.
They are three actions united by the condition of being before God, aware, well present to ourselves and to Him, without running away in the moments when the door seems to remain closed. God is the master of the house, He has called us today around a word that leads us back to the questions of our deepest ‘self’, to the usual questions, even more urgent today: “what am I looking for?”, “What am I asking?”, ” to what extent am I willing to risk? ” … Today I don’t want to answer through intermediaries: I will speak directly with God. It is time to welcome, it is time to trust, it is time to know how much power is placed in our hands, if only we want it.
Today, I will spend some intense moments of Adoration before Jesus in the Eucharist, abandoning myself to the Spirit. I ask that He be the one to speak in me, to move in me, to stir up the not yet aware desire, to sigh that prayer that I still cannot formulate.
The Voice of Gregory of Nazianzus, Church Father
What is foreign to the will does not last.
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