Homily for Thursday, March 13, 2014

Readings for Today

Ask.  Seek.  Knock. It all sounds so easy, doesn’t it?  Prayer, I mean.  Ask.  Seek.  Knock.  Oh, and trust.  Trust that God answers prayers, that when we ask, God answers, when we seek, God helps us to find, when we Knock, God opens the door.  The challenge with all prayer is to believe that God answers our prayer.  God is the all-faithful God, waiting for us to ask, seek and knock.

Do we do this?  Do we ask, seek and knock?  I find that this can be the real challenge in my life.  So much of life is filled with activity, with noise, with distractions.  Finding that quiet time where I can know and experience the presence of God is important indeed.  And it takes discipline.  Dominicans promise at least 30 minutes a day of mental prayer, as well as the rosary each day.  To take that time to step back and do nothing, only to be in God’s presence.  That is prayer.  That is the call of faith.

But in a western world that tends to equate accomplishments with self-worth, that we are only valuable if we can do something, asking, seeking and knocking is antithetical to such quiet.  What do you mean, do nothing?  What do you mean, not be productive, or profitable?  Just as God yesterday challenged Jonah to follow God’s voice to preach in Nineveh, even though Jonah did not want to, God calls us too, to slow down, to reflect and pray.

Can you make a little time for God today?