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On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: March 9, 2017 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys

Prayer, fasting and almsgiving. The big three that should lead us closer to the Lord our God.

But what is our prayer life like? Does it lead us deeper into our relationship with God our Father? Jesus? The Holy Spirit? Is your prayer solely blocks of petitions? Do you treat Him like a Pez dispenser? Or is your prayer only about asking for forgiveness? Empty and sorrowful.

Esther put all her trust in God her Father because she loved Him with all her heart, mind and soul. She had an ongoing relationship with Him. So when faced with uncertain peril and possible death she did not hesitate to pray to the Lord her God for help. Where did her faith in Him lead her?

Jesus too points us in the direction of a paternal relationship. One we are able to have through Him. So then let us be still and know that He is God. Let us give offer Him our time to listen to His Word, reflecting deeply on His Will for us. And surely even before we need ask Him for anything, plans would have swiftly been set in motion to aid us. Glory to God in the highest! 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.’

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.’