The good news for the day March 9, 2017

Thursday of the First Week in Lent (227)

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 your child a rock when asked for a loaf of bread, or a snake when your child asked for a fish? If you then, who are prone to faults, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good things to those who ask…Do to others whatever you would have them do to you. This is a basic rule and what truth-telling prophets have said.” (Matthew 10)

Talking to and with God is faith. One writer—in despair—said he heard and saw nothing “out there” and expressed it as the “vast indifference of the universe.” You and I see otherwise! So much depends on the openness of eye, mind, heart and soul—your readiness and your good—or bad—prejudice.

What do you see? What do you hear? In your heart and deepest soul, what do you ask for, seek, knock at? You don’t want miracles so much as insight; you do not need money so much as wisdom; knocking is your curiosity and your persistence to find meaning and peace—till the door does open.

But we are practical folks, you and I. People pray for a cure for cancer and Alzheimer’s, pray for money and security, pray to make the right choice about marriage, career, and children—prayers, prayers, prayers.

God knows what we need, though—what we really want. Prayer—which changes us more than God, yes!—suggests that we simply ask for more love, more faith—and express appreciation for what we have—friends who shape us, goods we have and use, and values we have come to live by. If you look and reflect—prayer is often appreciation for beauty, friends, family, knowing you respect others, treat everybody as your equals and have been gifted by God. Prayer, actually, is sometimes just silently seeing God all around you


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