March 10, 2022

The story of Esther is the stuff of a Shakespearean tragedy with a villain, a murderous plot, and a conflict resolved. The resolution gets our attention, for therein lies the meaning of this complicated story. The short version of the story is Esther, the Jewish wife of the king, learns of a plot to exterminate the Jews settled in the king’s lands so ‘seized with mortal anguish,’ she prays that the God of her ancestors come to her aid to give her the right words as she pleads her case to the king. This and other stories are told of God who came to listen and act on the petitioner’s plea. God’s very comforting words from Jeremiah, ‘Listen to my voice; then ‘I will be your God, and you shall be my people.’

Throughout the Old Testament, God affirms his covenant with his people, and in today’s gospel, it is Jesus reaffirming his father’s commitment to his faithful believers. ‘Ask, and it will be given to you.’ We assume that the ‘it will be given’ refers to what we are requesting, but dare we assume we know the mind of God? The ‘it will be given’ may be referring to something entirely different. Asking God to grant us a winning lottery ticket may turn out to be God graces us to live a simpler life.

Here is a valuable lesson about relationships. It is not quite enough just to exist. More is required—commitment, trust, and, yes, love. Surely, we are not such proud people that we wouldn’t take the lessons from our greatest story ever told.

The lessons of baptisms, scripture readings, the enactment of the sacrifice on our altars are chronicled before our very presence, and it is for us to learn what it is all means.


Forever and ever, you are our God. And, we pray. May we always be worthy of such a gift.


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About Joe McCormack

Joe McCormack is an Associate of the Blessed Sacrament and a parishioner at St Paschal Baylon Church in Cleveland, Ohio.