“Ask, and you will receive. Search, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Whoever seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door is opened. Who among you will give your children a stone when they ask for bread? Or give them a snake when they ask for fish? If you who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good things to those who ask him. Therefore, you should treat people in the same way that you want people to treat you; this is the Law and the Prophets.

Matthew 7:7-12


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Here Jesus inspires us with encouragement and confidence to pray. Bishop Barron’s homily devotes itself to the point that you don’t always get what you want, or at least get it right away. To that I’d say, “Oh, but you do!” 

In a previous Lenten reflection, Jesus already observed that God already knows what you want and what you need beforehand. So the articles of petition aren’t really the important thing, are they? Jesus in today’s reflection speaks of reciprocity. You knock, then somebody must open the door. You ask, then somebody must answer.

When you pray you focus on God and grow nearer to Him. By the principle of reciprocity, He also comes nearer to you. What an amazing reward for prayer!  


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