On Today’s Gospel

Posted: February 26, 2015 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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If we put God our Father in the centre of our lives in everything we say and do. Will we have need to ask Him for anything? Our whole lives will be act of prayer, of communion with Him. Our Lord will provide for all that we need, especially during the trying times.

And yet when we ask, do we not ask out of reverence and love for Him? Do we ask for ourselves or for others? If we ask for ourselves, do what we ask for bring Him Glory? Our loving Father answers all our prayers, can we accept then accept if the answer is no? Trusting that it is best for us.

We have but one Enemy, the one who seeks glory for himself and misery for others. Who sits in direct opposition to God and thrives on the sins of all. Let us pray that we remain steadfast in the love of God so that we are always under His protection.

And may our almighty and ever living God bless us, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen

First reading
Esther 4:17

Queen Esther took refuge with the Lord in the mortal peril which had overtaken her. She besought the Lord God of Israel in these words:
‘My Lord, our King, the only one,
come to my help, for I am alone
and have no helper but you
and am about to take my life in my hands.
‘I have been taught from my earliest years, in the bosom of my family,
that you, Lord, chose
Israel out of all the nations
and our ancestors out of all the people of old times
to be your heritage for ever;
and that you have treated them as you promised.
‘Remember, Lord; reveal yourself
in the time of our distress.
‘As for me, give me courage,
King of gods and master of all power.
Put persuasive words into my mouth
when I face the lion;
change his feeling into hatred for our enemy,
that the latter and all like him may be brought to their end.
‘As for ourselves, save us by your hand,
and come to my help, for I am alone
and have no one but you, Lord.’

Gospel
Matthew 7:7-12

Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. For the one who asks always receives; the one who searches always finds; the one who knocks will always have the door opened to him. Is there a man 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, who are evil, 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 meaning of the Law and the Prophets.’

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