Friday 7 February 2014

Thursday of the 1st Week of Lent

Whatever our needs and wants may be, are we asking God consistently and properly? Today's Gospel tells us: "If you, then, who are evil, know how to give your children what is good, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!" We may begin to wonder, "How is it that I have been asking for this or that and yet God has not given me what I asked for?" Let us take a good look at ourselves for a moment... Are we asking God with the right intention and with humility? Or are we expecting God to do our bidding? Are we asking so that ultimately we would be glorifying His Name? Or are we asking only to glorify ourselves and look good?

Let us be reminded that God loves all of us and treats all fairly. Today's Gospel reminds us: "So always treat others as you would like them to treat you; that is the meaning of the Law and the Prophets." How willing and generous are we to love and treat others well, just as God loves and treat us fairly? Let us walk humbly and lovingly before God and behave justly and lovingly towards others, with hope that He will grant our needs for His glory.

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