March 13, 2014
THURSDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK OF LENT
Esther C:12, 14-16, 23-25 * Matthew 7:7-12
In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells us not only to ask, but to seek and to knock. How is seeking and knocking any different than just asking him for what we need and want? I think it means that God wants us to go to him and find him, and not only during this Lenten season, but every day of our lives.
To truly seek Jesus, to go to the gates of heaven and knock: that takes devotion and true desire. Jesus tells us to seek him because he wants to invite us into his heart. He wants us to enter into him so that we may know the true desires of our own heart.
When we know Jesus, we know truth and goodness and love. We can rest in him, and he will give us what we need. Jesus only asks that we go to him sincerely, with the intention of knowing and loving him.
How can we do this? Sometimes my prayer is as simple as this, “Fill my heart like a jar, Lord.” It helps me to be open and so grateful for what he has to give me. It also reminds me that I am called to share my heart with others, and return to God so that he may replenish me.
Truly seek the Lord, and he will give you peace and the desires of your heart.
- How is the Lord calling you to seek him during this Lenten season?
Class of 2014
Major: Management Information Sciences
Future Plans: I am pursuing a Masters in Education and hope to use my business degree to one day advocate for students and education.
St. Mary's Catholic Center will post a daily reflection from a student, former student, or staff member every day of Lent. We have compiled these reflections into a handout, given to our students on Ash Wednesday.