Meditation for the Day

Thursday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time, October 8

With Confidence and Perseverance, May We Never Hesitate to Seek God’s Providential Care in All Our Needs, for We Truly Are His Children; for He Truly Is Our Most Loving and Merciful Father.

We hear our Lord saying to us in today’s Gospel, “…ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”

How often do we find ourselves presenting a laundry list of problems that we would like God to fix for us? How often do we find ourselves placing our needs and concerns at the very feet of God Himself? More often than not, when we are in need, in a prayerful manner, we find ourselves talking to God – more of a conversation than formalized prayer which we memorized as a child.

But no matter how we pray, at least when we present our needs and our wishes before our Lord, we have taken the time to acknowledge that God is the only One who is truly able to address our deepest concerns.

And no matter what our conversation with God may be about, we almost always feel better after having spent some quality time speaking to Him. It is as though He comforts us by our choosing to spend some personal time with the God who loves each one of us beyond all manner of human understanding.

“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?”

Yet, we also know that, even though God does listen to and answer every one of our requests, His answers may not always be what we had requested, or what we had thought of or expected, or in the timeliness that we would desire.

Sometimes, our requests may be based upon vanity or selfish thinking, or they may not be compatible with His will for us. When our own ego and sense of self become impediments for us, we oftentimes confuse the voice of God or misunderstand His answer to us. In those instances, God’s answers aren’t necessarily what we sought.

It is only when we seek God with a humble and contrite heart that we begin to understand the age-old adage, “Patience is a virtue; possess it if you can.” And another, “All good things come to one who waits.”

Paul tells us in his Letter to the Romans, “Rejoice in your hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” And yet, it is the Christian community of Galatia who failed to exercise those virtues of the faith which Paul taught them. Instead, they began to embrace other teachings, as a result of being seduced by others who preached a different and perverted gospel.

It is through the window of our faith that the virtues of patience and perseverance shine with an illumination which allows us to see and experience the unfailing Love which God has for each one of us. For as Christ reminds us in today’s Gospel, “…how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?”

Through faith, we are to remain confident in prayer, believing always that, even in the midst of despair or disappointment, God will see us through every dark and fearful valley. No matter what shadows of darkness may haunt us, no matter what experiences in life may try our faith, our peace or our happiness, God will never disappoint.

And it is this type of prayer – offered to God in perseverance, patiently waiting for God’s answer – which is most pleasing to Him. “I tell you, if he does not get up to give him the loaves because of their friendship, he will get up to give him whatever he needs because of his persistence.”

We know that life does not come neatly gift-wrapped with an attractive bow placed on it. Life can be difficult at times! Life can have its wonderful highs, but it can also have its tremendous lows. As I have mentioned in previous meditations, all we have to do is look at the life of our Blessed Mother to understand that we are not alone in our sufferings in this life, for she is one who truly understands the agonies that the heart must sometimes bear.

But in the midst of the lows, in the midst of the trials and the hardships which each one of us at times must endure, our Lord, in today’s Gospel, is filling us with hope.

“And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds…”

May we never forget that our God is a God who truly understands our human condition. May we always remember that our God is a God who is filled with limitless compassion, mercy and understanding. And may we never doubt God’s Infinite Love which He holds for each and every one of us.

With confidence and perseverance, may we never hesitate to seek His providential care in all our needs, for we truly are His children; for He truly is our Most Loving and Merciful Father!

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Please Comment, Like and Share, and Suggest to your Facebook friends – to spread the message of God’s Merciful Love.

Por favor Comente, Le Gusta y Comparta, y Sugiera a tus amigos en Facebook – en difundir el mensaje del Misericordioso Amor de Dios.

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Scripture for the Day

  • “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, for he has visited and brought redemption to his people…to show mercy to our fathers and to be mindful of his holy covenant.” (Luke 1:68, 72)
  • “Therefore, do not throw away your confidence; it will have great recompense. You need endurance to do the will of God and receive what he has promised.” (Hebrews 10:35-36)
  • “I tell you, if he does not get up to give him the loaves because of their friendship, he will get up to give him whatever he needs because of his persistence.” (Luke 11:8)
  • “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?” (Luke 11:13)
  • “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you.” (John 15:7)
  • “Consider it all joy, my brothers, when you encounter various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. And let perseverance be perfect, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (James 1:2-4)
  • “Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.” (Philippians 4:6)
  • “Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer.” (Romans 12:12)
  • “So let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help.” (Hebrews 4:16)
  • “Let us hold unwaveringly to our confession that gives us hope, for he who made the promise is trustworthy.” (Hebrews 10:23)
  • “And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Luke 11:9-10)

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Prayer for the Day

“I asked God for strength, that I might achieve; I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey. I asked for health that I might do great things; I was given sickness that I might do better things.

“I asked for riches, that I might be happy; I was given poverty, that I might be wise. I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men; I was given weakness, that I might feel the need for God.

“I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life; I was given life, that I might enjoy all things. I received nothing I asked for – but everything I hoped for. Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayer was answered; I am, among all men, most richly blessed.”

Anonymous Confederate Soldier (from the U.S. Civil War)

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