On Today’s Gospel

Posted: February 18, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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There is no other God other than God our loving Father, Jesus His Son and the Holy Spirit who seeks an intimate relationship with us.  So great is His love for us that in order to save us, God became man to die for us so that we may live.  Jesus the living Word gives us of Himself in Holy Eucharist so that we may be in communion with Him.

Can we ever then say that we are alone?

When we are of one mind with the Lord our God. Our prayers unites us with His Will. He is with us as we are with Him.  We would never need to ask if our prayers are heard or answered.

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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