Posted by: fvbcdm | March 20, 2015

Feast of Saint Anastasius (20 March 2015)   

The science of psychology as well as ordinary experience teaches us that babies and small children need a sense of security for their emotional, mental, and even physical development. If there is not that sense of security, the child is troubled by anxiety, fear, a sense of loneliness and dread. An old saying has it that the best thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother; the best thing a woman can do for her children is to love their father. This mutual love between parents will give rise to a secure home in which babies and children can find peace and a sense of welcome, hospitality, and belonging.

This is true of us adults, too, in the spiritual life. In the gospel, Our Divine Lord says to us: ask and you will receive; seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you. He is telling us that God loves us, is concerned about us, and will gladly respond to our legitimate needs.

To make this even clearer, he points out the contrast between the divine goodness of God and the lesser goodness of mankind. He says, “If a child of yours asks for bread, do you hand him a stone; if he asks for a fish, do you hand him a scorpion? If you, evil as you are know how to give good things to your children, how much more will God give to you?” God is infinitely good, loving, wise, prudent, and provident. He loves us more than we can even imagine, and all that he does or permits in our lives is prompted by love. So let us be secure; let us be trusting; even in the face of things like hurricanes or financial reverses, let us remember that Jesus promises us that when we ask in prayer, we will receive what is good for us.

No doubt there are times when, in the sight of God, we ask for inappropriate or unnecessary things. We must simply and humbly place our petitions before our heavenly Father and then let him decide what is best for us. But let us remember that we are safe and secure in God’s hands, having been created by him; having been given the gift of faith by him, having been redeemed by the Precious Blood of Jesus, and now temples of the Holy Spirit who takes up his dwelling place within us. Thank you for seeking God’s truth, God Bless you.  Father Victor Brown, O.P.

Note: This message was composed some years ago.

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