Being Spiritually Assertive
In today’s gospel Jesus says: “Ask and you shall receive; seek and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you.” In the physical world we live in there are many needs. We often come to God asking His help to meet those needs. Help finding a job, help with one’s finances, help with the children, only to mention a few. But Jesus is not merely concerned with the physical world. In fact, he is more concerned with the spiritual world. While not neglecting one’s pressing worldly needs, we must also ask for spiritual help, seek spiritual guidance and knock on spiritual doors, so that new paths in spirituality are opened for us.
Let us make time to ask, seek and knock in our spiritual lives. For example, the book of James says: “if one lacks wisdom, he should ask God who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and He will give it. But ask in faith, not doubting” (James 1:5). The prophet Isaiah says: “Seek the Lord while He may be found, call to Him, while He is near” (Isaiah 55:6). Similarly in the Book of Chronicles it says: “If you seek Him, He will let Himself be found by you” (1 Chronicles 28:9). And the Song of Songs says: “I heard my lover knocking” (Song of Songs 5:2), a book about lovers and a symbolic book of God’s love for us. God will hear our knocks and answer our prayers, for He loves us with more love than we can imagine.
As St. Paul writes in our second reading: “We are buried with Him in baptism, and raised with Him through faith in the power of God.” May we be buried, submerged and deeply rooted in God’s love and through that love be raised with Him to new life and new spiritual paths. Let us be intentional about our spiritual lives and may our faith lead us to be more spiritually assertive. Peace.