St. Mary's put together a Lenten reflection booklet which we handed out on Ash Wed. in order to have a daily reflection on the Mass readings for the day. Most of the reflections were written by students (a few by staff). Here is today's reflection:
February 21, 2013
Thursday of the First Week of Lent
Esther C:12, 14-16, 23-25 * Matthew 7:7-12
So, there we were! Standing in the backyard, as we often did, talking about life. We had just finished another hard day of college, and we were each discussing the great trials of our current state in life. The topic of this backyard conclave was whether or not to ask a girl on a date and how to go about the question. Now, my dear friend in his deep understanding of Biblical history and the opposite sex provided an insightful piece of advice that I will now pass on to you. Are you ready? His words were “So...what is the worst that she can say?” Okay, so maybe you have heard that particular idiom. However, the point is that we are called to ask. Now look at the first word of Matthew 7:7! Ask!
“Ask and it will be given to you.” God wants us to ask for the things that we need. The Lord is calling us not to complacent reflection but to motion toward action. We must put ourselves into his arms so that we can receive the gift that God is so willing to give–if only we would ask and have the grace to receive. In the words of Josemaria Escriva, “In what human venture can you have greater guarantee of success?” Pray that the Lord gives us the humility to purify our request. To ask the right questions, to knock on the right doors and seek the right path!