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God answers through us

Fr. Wilfredo Samson, SJ

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If we think about it, prayer has three important principles: “ASK, and you shall receive; SEEK, and you shall find; KNOCK, and the door shall be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and everyone who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks , the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7: 7-8). Well said. This is something we need to remember for life.

But let’s look at this passage from a different perspective. As children of God, we are supposed to be like Him. Always ready to help anyone, especially the needy, the helpless and lonely. In the end, it is good to know that GOD

ANSWERS PRAYERS THROUGH US. As children of God and disciples of Jesus, we are CHANNELS OF GOD’S GRACE AND LOVE.

When the prayers of others are left unanswered, maybe WE ARE NOT LISTENING.

These three words – ASK, SEEK, and KNOCK – challenge us to evaluate our status with God, especially in our desire to follow in the footsteps of Jesus.

A. READING: Matthew 7: 7 – 12 – Ask,Seek, Knock

1. ASK AND YOU SHALL RECEIVE: THE CALL TO PROVIDE
Like God the Father, we are called to be a good provider for our brothers and sisters.
When was the last time somebody came to you and asked help with something? Did you help or reject their request? Are you quick to respond when someone is in great need?
Scripture Texts: Luke 16:19–31 – Lazarus and the Rich Man
Who are the Lazaruzes in your life? Don’t wait for the time when God might tell you, “Why should I give you life, when you ignored someone begging for bread?”

2. SEEK AND YOU SHALL FIND: THE CALL TO BE SHEPHERD
Like the Holy Spirit, we are called to guide, console, and enlighten someone who is lost, confused, and hopeless; and lead them towards God and a good life.
Are you a good shepherd, counselor, and companion to others? When was the last time you did something concrete to guide a confused soul? When was the last time you accompanied someone in his misery?
Scripture Texts: Luke 15: 11 – 32 – Parable of the Prodigal Son
Like the merciful Father who guided his two sons towards righteousness, can you be a shepherd, wise man, counselor and friend to your family, friends and to the lost?

3. KNOCK AND THE DOOR SHALL BE OPENED: THE CALL TO BE A GOOD HOST
Like Jesus, we are called to welcome strangers, prisoners, the sick, the dispossessed, the hungry, the forgotten, and the marginalized into our community of faith.
When was the last time you welcomed a stranger into your home? When was the last time you did corporal works of mercy? (to feed the hungry; to give drink to the thirsty; to clothe the naked; to harbour the harbourless; to visit the sick; to ransom the captive; and to bury the dead) Is it seasonal or part of your lifestyle? Is someone knocking at the door of your heart now, who is he/she?
Scripture Texts: Matthew 25: 31 – 46 – The Last Judgement

Are you a good host to those who are hungry, sick, prisoners, poor and the oppressed?

A. SILENCE. Observe at least a ten-minute silence. Reflect on the Trinitarian Challenge:
Like the FATHER, we are called to be a good PROVIDER to the needy. Like the HOLY SPIRIT, we are called to be a good GUIDE to the lost. And like JESUS, we are called to be a good host or shepherd to everybody.
As Jesus said, “In everything, do to others whatever you would have them do to you.This is the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 7:12)

B. READ PSALM 138 – Hymn of a Grateful Heart
“Lord, on the day I called for help, you answered me.”

C. CLOSING PRAYER
Close with the OUR FATHER prayer.

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