Need, Trust, Faith

Picture1-41Thursday of the First Week in Lent  Practice for today or maybe forever –   “Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.  This is the law and the prophets.”  Even trees bend to the direction of the wind … May the Holy Spirit be your “Wind” today.

Hmm, the Old Testament and the New Testament are both saying the same thing.  Ask, trust and God will answer your need.

“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.

I have a problem or I did have a problem with this because I asked for very specific things and God did not answer.  It wasn’t until after that I realized that had I gotten what I asked for, it may not have been for my good.  There is a reason why God does not give us what we think we need.  HE knows what we need.  He does answer, but it not the answer we expect.  Here is only one example:  I prayed for healing for a friend of mine who was diagnosed with cancer.  After years of prayer for her, God had decided it was time for her to rest from her pain and called her to Himself.  How could this happen?  She was so good, etc.  It wasn’t until two years later that I found out that even though she never spoke about it, hr family was torn apart for one reason or another.  He death had a major impact on the lives of her family and they have resolved their differences and have come together

.I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with all my heart, for you have heard the words of my mouth;
in the presence of the angels I will sing your praise; I will worship at your holy temple
and give thanks to your name.

Reading 1 Est C:12, 14-16, 23-25

Queen Esther, seized with mortal anguish,
had recourse to the LORD.
She lay prostrate upon the ground, together with her handmaids,
from morning until evening, and said:
“God of Abraham, God of Isaac, and God of Jacob, blessed are you.
Help me, who am alone and have no help but you,
for I am taking my life in my hand.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 138:1-2ab, 2cde-3, 7c-8

  1. (3a) Lord, on the day I called for help, you answered me.
    I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with all my heart,
    for you have heard the words of my mouth;
    in the presence of the angels I will sing your praise;
    I will worship at your holy temple
    and give thanks to your name.
    R. Lord, on the day I called for help, you answered me.

    When I called, you answered me;
    you built up strength within me.

Gospel Mt 7:7-12

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.

“Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.
This is the law and the prophets.”

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