Thursday of the First Week of Lent
Malvern Minute

 

Thursday of the First Week of Lent

February 25, 2021

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Saint Mary Magdalen Parish, Media, PA

 

Book of Esther C:12, 14-16, 23-25

Psalm 138:1-3, 7-8

Matthew 7:7-12

           

            In his play, Henry IV, Part II, Act III, Scene 1, William Shakespeare wrote, “Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.”  Queen Esther, in today’s first reading, cries out to God seeking, pleading and begging for help because her enemies are approaching and she has no one that she can consult with.

            Esther reminds God that God has made promises and now is the time to be faithful.  Ester prays, “Help me, who am alone and no help but you, for I am taking my life in my hand.”  Ester is at her wits end, but this is not despair, she is also at the brink of her being faithful as she turns towards God for help.

            In today’s Gospel narrative Jesus is schooling His disciples in the practice of praying in the time of need.  He tells them that if they knock, seek and ask and all in faith they will be heard.  They might not ask for what is good for them, so our Lord reminds them that a good father would not give his child something unhealthy even if they asked with tears for it.

            Friends, the Lenten season for us is to pray for what we believe would be good for us and what is good for us is what God, as a most loving parent, would give us.  Queen Esther and we have this in common; that we love enough to care and this caring brings us to our knees before the promise-making-keeping of God.

Question of the Day:  How will you knock, ask and seek God during this season of Lent as well as throughout the rest of the year?

Prayer:  Lord, You know all things.  Help me learn the lesson of seeking you in all the decisions I make in my life.  Amen.

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