Jesus said to his disciples: “Suppose one of you has a friend to whom he goes at midnight and says, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, for a friend of mine has arrived at my house from a journey and I have nothing to offer him,’ and he says in reply from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked and my children and I are already in bed. I cannot get up to give you anything.’ I tell you, if he does not get up to give him the loaves because of their friendship, he will get up to give him whatever he needs because of his persistence.
“And I tell you, ask and you will receive; 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. What father among you would hand his son a snake when he asks for a fish? Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg? If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translation
We all have those moments where we realize the goals and tasks before us require the aid of someone else. We may need help financially. We may need assistance for a work related task, and students may need help with school work. Today’s Gospel is one that is quoted often, urging us to simply ask. The task of asking is not the same for everyone. I may have a fear of what people will think if I don’t know how to do something, or that somehow asking for help is admitting some personal flaw or incompetence. Sometimes our fear may be as simple as just being afraid to hear, “no.” Jesus assures us that we only need to seek the Father’s help. Even the wicked know how to be good to their children, how much greater will God be good to us? This week is the anniversary of the marriage to my wife – and I thank God each day for giving me the courage to ask her to share her life with me. Some requests are big, others may appear not as significant, but in the end they are all important for one reason or another. Today, pray for the courage to ask. Sometimes the answer isn’t immediate, and sometimes it’s not what was expected – but seek the courage and faith to ask God. He’s ready, are you?
—Mr. Joe Pick is Creighton Prep’s Director of Enrollment.
“Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day. It is a choice based on the knowledge that we belong to God and have found in God our refuge and safety and that nothing, not even death, can take God away from us. Joy is the experience of knowing that you are unconditionally loved and that nothing–sickness, failure, emotional distress, oppression, war, or even death–can take that love away.”
—Fr. Henri Nouwen, Dutch priest, author, and teacher: 1932-1996Please share the Good Word with your friends!