Father Rick’s Three Minute Homily for Thursday, 1st Week in Lent, March 2, 2023
Matthew 7:7-12 https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/030223.cfm
Ask, Don’t Tell.
Have you ever been asked to stand up and share something with a group of people, and your mind went blank? You have no idea what to say. It can be nerve-wracking, I agree.
The emptiness we experience in these moments can help us appreciate how we must pray to Jesus, especially when asking for something. Isn’t it true that sometimes we have it all worked out how we want Jesus to answer our prayers? Or do we tell Him how we want someone to be?
Do you remember the resurrection appearance of Jesus on the seashore while his disciples were in the boat fishing? They caught nothing all night. The word night here refers to what we try to do without Jesus. But what happens when He says, “Children, throw the net on the other side of the boat.” They caught so many fish the nets were tearing.
So how do we pray to reach the abundance of Jesus? Ask. We leave the results to the Lord. Our hearts enter into the emptiness we feel when we stand up to speak to a crowd, and nothing comes to mind.
We put our needs in the hands of Jesus as we open our hearts and mind in love and close our eyes in trust, allowing Jesus to take care of it however He chooses.? (Father Dolindo Ruotolo. https://www.fatherdolindoruotolo.com) Remember, If you, 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
Asking Jesus works a lot better than telling Him what to do.
IGNITE THE FIRE
Fr. Rick Pilger, IC