ASK SEEK KNOCK

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...

PRAY ALWAYS

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 32nd   Saturday of Ordinary Time November 14, 2020 WORD of the DAY  Then he told them a parable about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary. (Luke 18: 1) How shall I live this Word? It would seem that Jesus has a particular predilection for single women, because they represent the entire biblical category of the defenseless, widows or strangers, those defended by God. Therefore, once again the Master makes a woman the protagonist of His speaking through images. He creates a parable about the need to pray always. And this command seems to us impossible to implement. But always praying should not be confused with reciting prayers without interruption, Jesus himself said it: when you pray, do not multiply words. Because praying is like loving. In fact, there is always time to love: if you love someone, you always love them. So it is with God: “Desire always prays, even if the tongue is silent. If you always desire, you always pray” (St. Augustine). “Action that is not born of prayer is like an arrow shot at random from a loose bow: without end and without strength it cannot...