Daily Gospel Reflection for February 26, 2015

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Today’s Gospel: Matthew 7:7-12

I’ll admit it—sometimes I have read this gospel passage and thought to myself, “Mark makes it sound so easy, Lord.” Then I’ve gone on to wonder why I make prayer so complicated.

“Ask,” we are instructed, “and it will be given.” Jesus teaches his followers to simply ask, seek, and knock. He assures them that the heavenly Father in his bounty will surely respond. Perhaps my misunderstanding of this passage has to do with my assumption that those “good things” that God will shower upon us are always exactly what I’ve laid out for him in my laundry list of petitions.

How often it seems that I will pray for something, only to perceive that my prayers have gone unanswered and later to learn that God—in his wisdom and majesty—has truly responded in love, if not exactly according to what I’ve requested. These days, I am trying to more faithfully trust God’s will and his boundless providence in my asking, seeking, and knocking.

Ponder:

When you have a need in your life, how willing are you to turn in trust and ask God for his help? What limits your trustful petitioning?

Pray:

Heavenly Father, you hear the murmurs of my heart even without a whispered word. Help me to remember to turn to you—to ask, seek, and knock—and to know always the fullness of your love for me.

We thank our friends at The Word Among Us for providing our gospel reflection team with copies of Abide In My Word 2015: Mass Readings at Your Fingertips. To pray the daily gospels with this wonderful resource, visit The Word Among Us.

Copyright 2015 Lisa Hendey

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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children’s fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa’s articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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