First Thursday of Lent

First Thursday of LENT
March 5, 2020

WORD of the DAY

“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 asks for a loaf of bread, or a snake when he asks 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.” (Matthew 7: 7-11)

How shall I live this Word?
Again we hear of the Father who loves us above everything and wants us to be happy. Here is the Father who tells us to ask because it will be given. Certainly the terminally sick asked because they wanted to be cured and continue to live. Certainly all the young Christian women students asked who were kidnapped by the Islamic terrorists in order to enslave them. Without a doubt, the Syrian children asked who have known only war , fear of bombings, and the gelid cold of the refugee camps. Certainly they all asked because they had need and were sure of being heard. And God, Father of every child, gave to each one what they needed. He gave them peace, consolation, and love.

Lord teach me to ask with trust for what I really need, leaving it up to You to give me what is for my true good and for those with whom I live.

The voice of Enzo Bianchi

Ask – Jesus recommends – that is, do not be afraid to ask God who is Father, ask simply, sure to be answered by One who loves you, and ask without ever getting tired. It is a matter of searching with the conviction of the need for the search, with the conviction that there is something worth looking for, sometimes painstakingly, sometimes long, but it is necessary to be certain that sooner or later, it will be found. Where there is a promise, it is a matter of vigilant waiting, of seeking fulfillment. It’s also about knocking on a door: if you knock, it’s because there is hope that someone from inside will open and welcome you, but sometimes you have to knock repeatedly …”
Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Via dell’Ateneo Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy E-mail: Website: Blog: Comment by Sr. Sandra Bona, FMA

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