In today’s gospel passage Jesus tells us: “Ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Some people might interpret this gospel as if God is like a genie in a bottle, ready to grant our wishes, and end up frustrated saying God does not answer their prayers. I for one am glad this is not the case. I have found that I often do not know what I want, much less what I need. What should we ask for then? “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?”
The answer is not a what, but a who? We should ask for the Holy Spirit who brings us “every spiritual blessing in the heavens” (Eph 1:3). This is what we do at every celebration of the Eucharist. We, through the prayers of the priest, implore the Father to send the Holy Spirit and change the bread and wine into the body and blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ. It is here, that united to Christ and the church, we do not have to try to figure out what we need. We do not have to worry about being disappointed. It is here, at the table of plenty, where we ask, and we receive. Are you ready to receive him?
Let us pray:
(From the Collect Prayer)
Almighty ever-living God,
who in the abundance of your kindness
surpass the merits and the desires of those who entreat you,
pour out your mercy upon us
to pardon what conscience dreads
and to give what prayer does not dare to ask.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)