October 7, 2021, Thursday 27th Week in Ordinary Time
Please open your Scriptures and read these verses prayerfully.
WHAT’S UNDERNEATH YOUR CHECKLIST
“And I tell you, ask, and you will receive.” The Rays will play the Boston Red Sox tonight to gain the edge in the playoffs. How many prayers will players and fans say a prayer before and during the game? How many times we pray for stuff and not for people, including ourselves. People ask me to pray for them or someone practically every day. And I do, every morning before the Blessed Sacrament in Adoration. I mention their name(s) and think of the person and their need.
Think of a child who is a little hungry and asks Mommy for a snack, half an hour before dinner. Mommy says, “No,” not because she’s depriving her child. She doesn’t want them to spoil their dinner. The child is asking for so little when Mommy want to give him/her so much more. God is no different. He is not a genie. He is a Father who can only give us good things, even if we don’t know what they are at the moment.
The gospel challenge: “Lord, I really want this healing, car, job, good grade. How about it?” I notice that when I keep asking for “something,” even for days, I draw nearer to God because I know I need Him. He brings the best out in me when I am in His Presence. I thank Him for the need so we can be together.
Are you asking for something you don’t just want but really need? Go to prayer. Talk to your Father from your heart. Feel that need and see yourself placing it in His hands. When I do this, the Lord becomes more important than all my needs put together. My heart and mind are open to listen and see God working in the events of life. Sure enough, He gives so much more than I asked Him to do.
Set a time today on your calendar when you and God can tackle that need “TOGETHER.” Then, just do it.
IGNITE THE FIRE. God bless you, my friends.
Fr. Rick Pilger, I.C.