Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/100616.cfm
Jesus said to his disciples: Suppose one of you has a friend to whom he goes at midnight and says, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, for a friend of mine has arrived at my house from a journey and I have nothing to offer him,’ and he says in reply from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked and my children and I are already in bed. I cannot get up to give you anything.’ I tell you, if he does not get up to give him the loaves because of their friendship, he will get up to give him whatever he needs because of his persistence.
“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?”
Do you ask for what you want? Do you receive it? Think about what He asks – “…hand his son a snake when he asks or a fish?” In other words, a good father will not give his son something that is bad or harmful. Our Lord says the same thing – we receive what we ask for – as long as it perpetuates Our Lord’s plan for our salvation. If it is not good for us, our Lord will say wait, I have something better for you. Do you wait or do you fulfill your own request, not depending on God? How many snakes have you given yourself in your life? Wait for the Lord, He knows what is best for you.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, give me the strength and courage I need when I want something and do not receive it. Help me to see that what you have for me is always better than what I can do for myself. Give me patience Lord, you know me better than I know me. In Jesus’ holy name, I ask for this grace, Amen.
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; He has come to his people.