Thursday of the First Week of Lent
Book of Esther C:12, 14-16, 23-25, Psalm 138:1-3, 7-8, & Matthew 7:7-12
In his play, Henry IV, Part II, Act III, Scene I, William Shakespeare wrote, "Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown." In today's first reading, Queen Esther cries out to God, seeking, pleading, and begging for help because her enemies are approaching, and she has no one with whom she can consult.
Esther reminds God that He has made promises, and now is the time to be true. Esther prays, "Help me, who am alone and no help but you, for I am taking my life in my hand." Esther is at her wit's end, but she is not despairing; she is also at the brink of being faithful as she turns toward God for help.
In today's Gospel narrative, Jesus is schooling His disciples in the practice of praying in a time of need. He tells them that if they knock, seek, and ask in faith, they will be heard. They might not ask for what is right for them, so our Lord reminds them that a good father will not give his child something unhealthy even if they ask for it with tears in their eyes.
Friends, the Lenten season for us is to pray for what we believe would be good for us, and what is good for us is what God, as a most loving parent, would give us. Queen Esther and we have this in common; that we love enough to care, and this caring brings us to our knees before the promise-making-keeping of God.
Question of the Day: During Lent and throughout the year, how will you knock, seek, and ask God for help?
Prayer: Lord, You know all things. Help me learn the lesson of seeking you in all the decisions I make in my life. Amen.