Commentary on the Gospel of

Paulson Veliyannoor, CMF - Claretian Publications Philippines

Asking and Receiving

A close reading of Jesus’ words today will reveal that Jesus did not specify if it is the very thing we ask for that we would receive; or what we search for is what we would find; or the door that opens would necessarily be the one we are knocking at! But does it matter? If we trust God as our loving Father, wouldn’t He know what to give us or which door to open? In our human parenting, don’t we encounter children asking for something that is actually unhealthy for them, and therefore, we lovingly offer something else, healthier and better? If they ask for a stone, don’t we offer bread instead? Or a fish, when they ask for a snake? If we care for our children so much with our limited wisdom and love, how much more should we be trusting God who is wiser and loving beyond imagination!


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