Gospel: Matthew 7:7‐12
Jesus said to his disciples: “Ask and it will be given to you; 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. Which one of you would hand his son a stone when he asked for a loaf of bread, or a snake when he asked for a fish? If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good things to those who ask him. “Do to others whatever you would have them do to you. This is the law and the prophets.”
God is our almighty and heavenly father. We ask and we will receive what is good! For me, a perfect example would be when I prayed for my mother’s health. Never have I prayed this long; nearly 10 years on this journey and God has answered me slowly, but surely.
Prayer is very powerful, especially when it’s for a good cause; Jesus helps us understand our own faith through our prayer. Jesus is always there waiting for us on the other side of the door. The door that divides Jesus and ourselves is a door with just one doorknob. The doorknob is on our side. We can allow Jesus into our life if we want to. Jesus never forces himself into our hearts but if we do let Jesus in, he WILL come in. Not maybe, he will.
Jesus will always be with us during any situation we encounter. God’s children are never alone. “How much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask of Him?” There’s no greater reward than the gift that God has for all of us in heaven. If we really desire God, he will give back in so many ways.
Giving is the word that is most used in the Bible. Giving your time to others, giving money, giving love to the needy ones was what Jesus was all about serving others and treating others the same way you want to be treated. Jesus answers prayers in mysterious ways but he does answer. And some prayers, just like with any parent, have to be repeated and repeated, because if we really want it, God WILL answer eventually.
Jonathan Catalan, 16, Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep
VYC 2012 Delegate
- Being a Viatorian is important to me because now I see the world in a different way, thanks to VYC 2012. It really helped a lot. Hopefully on my Viatorian journey, I see more and more happy experiences.
- One thing I will do to grow closer to God this Lenten season is to try to become a better person every day and to have a better understanding of people.