The WORD in other words (2022) by Fr. Joey Ruega, SVD Catholic Trade, Manila
Thursday 27th Week in Ordinary Time
Isn’t it reassuring to know that the Lord is inviting us to always approach him in our need – “Ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Lk. 11:9).
The Lord teaches us to be persistent in our prayers and patiently hope in him, for he is a generous and loving Father. He is a Father who knows how to give his children whatever they need in due time. He listens to those who remain faithful to him and never waiver in their faith despite the many difficulties they experience in their lives. Thus, those who are patient and persistent will surely receive their reward.
Patience and persistence are some of the hallmarks of a profound faith in God. These virtues are like two sides of a coin; they always go together. Persistence is possible only if you are patient, and patience is developed through persistence. In addition, these virtues also purify our intentions and actions and lead us to a meaningful and holier life with the Lord.
The gospel is also teaching us humility and dependence on the Lord. The Father is generous and compassionate, so do not be afraid to ask, seek, and knock on him because ‘the Father knows what we need even before we ask of it’(Mt. 6:8).
Most of all, let us not forget to always give thanks to the Father by continuing to be patient, persistent, and generous in our words and actions as an expression of our deep faith in him.