Saturday, June 19, 2010

We must ask with faith

"“Ask, and it shall be given you.” (Matthew 7:7).

When we repeat the words of Christ, “Ask, and it shall be given you,” do we really dwell deeply on their meaning? They were said by Jesus Christ himself, who is truth itself. Christ never did or said anything in vain. So, these words of Christ mean exactly what they say: if we ask God for something, we will receive it. In order to get the significance of the words, let us consider the case in which we ask our fellow man for something. Suppose he tells us that we will receive it. He is speaking as an ordinary human being and we know it. We know in our heart that he may or may not be able to give us what we ask. He has the wish to do so, but he has not the absolute power. The power to give comes from God.

On the other hand, when we ask something of God, we know that he can give it to us. Jesus Christ is God and he has absolute dominion over all things. Moreover, he wants us to ask and he wants to give: “Ask, and it shall be given you.” But, we must ask with faith, believing that we will receive, if it is God’s holy will."

-- Christ our Model by Matthew Aherne, OCarm

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