Evening reflection: To do

“Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. Everyone who asks receives; everyone who searches finds; everyone who knocks will have the door opened.
Is there anyone among you who would hand his son a stone when he asked for bread? Or would hand him a snake when he asked for a fish? If you, then, evil as you are, know how to give your children what is good, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
So always treat others as you would like them to treat you; that is the Law and the Prophets.”

Matthew 7:7-12

Today’s Gospel reading is about doing, or acting. Jesus tells us that those who do (ask, search, knock) will receive their reward. In our faith life, we would do well to remember this. As the Letter of James told us a few days ago, if we have faith but don’t do anything with it, nothing much will happen. That is true for outward expression of our faith, but also for our inner Christian life. We can’t sit back and wait for God to make everything alright. The relationship between Him and us does not work that way. God respects our freedom of choice, because a true relationship is based on that freedom. You can’t force someone to have a relationship with you, after all.

Hence this admonition from Christ to do things. Ask God what you want, search for the truth and what you need, knock, and doors will open.


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