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Ask and You Will Receive the Lord

One of the priests that celebrate Mass at the Saint John Paul II Parish made an interesting call out for the Gospel reading last Thursday, October 6.

The following is a version of a passage of the Gospel according to St. Matthew.

The Answer to Prayers

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)

The following is a version of the same passage of the Gospel, but this time according to St. Luke, but with a highlight on the call out the priest made, and some commentary from the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ Conference that supports it, too.

The Answer to Prayer

“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?”  (Luke 11: 9 – 13)

* [11:13] The holy Spirit: this is a Lucan editorial alteration of a traditional saying of Jesus (see Mt 7:11). Luke presents the gift of the holy Spirit as the response of the Father to the prayer of the Christian disciple.

It’s a nice reminder that at the end of the day, even if we get everything that we ever want in this world and then some, the only thing that will truly fulfill the deep longing of our heart is God.  And so it truly is a blessing to finally receive the Lord when we seek and ask for Him to be part of our life.

But seek first the kingdom (of God) and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides. (Matthew 6:33)

Let’s continue to ask God for what we need and want in life.  But let’s not forget to prioritize asking for Him.

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