Happy St. Patrick's Day

The Church doesn't provide us with special readings for his feast, so I will comment on the Gospel she gives us. Later we can celebrate the day in our own way. 

 The Gospel tells us that if we believe we will receive what we ask for in prayer. I don’t feel safe about disagreeing with the Bible, but I must say that I haven’t  received many things I have asked for, and I have heard others with the same complaint.  It is easier for me to go with St. Luke’s account of what Jesus said.

In Chapter Eleven Luke seems to be quoting from the same words of Jesus; but there he has Jesus saying, “If you, then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.”

That is true. My prayers have always been answered when, stepping off the treadmill of routine hours, I pause, and ask God to let us see things his way. Today’s Gospel tells us to knock. I prefer to think of it as Jesus doing the knocking, asking for admission into our hearts. That’s the way it is in Revelation, 3:20.

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, then I will enter his house and dine with him.”

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