Thursday of the First Week of Lent
Esther 12, 14-16, 23-25, Psalm 138:1-2, 2-3, 7-8,& Matthew 7:7-12
In today's Gospel, our Lord continues to lead the disciples by teaching them to "ask." He promises that we will find what we are seeking if we ask. He says that if we ask and knock, the door will open for us.
To ask is not always an easy thing to do. Most of us are pretty independent and, perhaps at times, too liberated. The idea and thought that "I can do it myself" is ingrained in many of us, which can be a good attitude to have at times. We enjoy helping others, yet it is not easy for many to ask for help. We prefer helping others rather than receiving help ourselves.
Now, ask yourself, "How willingly do I ask God for help?" Am I skittish about turning to God and saying, "I need you to be with me, to help me?" Am I afraid to ask because I fear God may not respond to me in my moment of need? Do I trust in Him?
Friends, do you remember a time when you felt God's presence? If so, when? How did you know that God was with you? And, do you trust in Him enough today to ask for His help?
Prayer: "Lord, on the day I called for help, You answered me." (Psalm 138)