Humbly submit your will to God (Thy Will be done) and consecrate yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary and Joseph.
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Ask and it will be given to you;
seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds;
and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
Which one of you would hand his son a stone
when he asked for a loaf of bread,
or a snake when he asked for a fish?
If you then, who are wicked,
know how to give good gifts to your children,
how much more will your heavenly Father give good things
to those who ask him.
“Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.
This is the law and the prophets.” MT 7:7-12
When is the last time you just sat in silence and talked to Jesus like you were talking to your best friend, your wife or husband, your co-workers, or your children? If so, what did He say? Today, Jesus teaches us a valuable lesson, if you truly seek Him with your whole heart (an undivided heart), He will come to you. First, we start with doubt. We doubt His existence, we doubt He answers our prayers, we doubt. If you seek Truth, you will find God for He is Truth. This Lent is about finding out who Jesus is. It is not about giving up chocolate, God doesn’t hate chocolate (Matthew Kelly). It is about finding God in your life, coming closer to Him.
Don’t know how to get closer to Him. Ask Him? God if you exist, show me who you are. Show me why You created me. If your earthly father, mother, family, friends, priests, teachers, coaches care for you and are there for you when you are confused or doubt, how much more will the heavenly Father, your Creator, give you the answers and care that you deserve. God knows what you need more than you know yourself. He is your Creator and He always creates with a purpose. You are a perfect miracle with dignity no matter what anyone says on earth. God doesn’t create mistakes or people without purpose. The difficult task of being a disciple of Christ, patience. God will tell you what He made you for in His time, not ours. We hate waiting. God likes to give us time to grow and learn from our mistakes.
We are all called to love. It is our innate vocation. He wants us to be happy and live with purpose, not just exist, but live! When you ask God the most important questions in your life or just advice on the little things, He will show you the Way. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Ask the One who made you anything and He will answer you more perfectly than anyone else. ”Ask and it will be given you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” MT 7:7-8 Our hearts are made for seeking and as St. Augustine says, “Our hearts will not rest until they rest in You.”
He may give you an answer you don’t want to hear, like a loving Father who is trying to protect us. He may tell us no like a loving Father would. Trusting that God wants what is best for us is the hardest part. We like to control everything and we aren’t in control, God is. Sometimes He tests our faith and wants us to learn how to wait. He wants to test us and see how faithful we will be and how much we trust Him. He knows what is best, are you willing to accept His Will over yours? Are you ready to accept suffering and sacrifice? It is required training of a soul seeking holiness. “Pray without ceasing” 1 Thes 5:17
This Lent do whatever it takes (prayer even when you don’t feel like it, fasting when you don’t like to, being present to others when you would rather be doing something for yourself) to come to know who God is in YOUR life. He seeks relationship with you (“I thirst” on the cross). Stop holding back and give yourself to Him.
Today’s challenge: Seek until you find, then be at peace and live the life given to you as a gift from your Creator. God’s not a slot machine to give you whatever you want. Are you willing to give up yourself for the Will of God? This will make you happiest!
Be a servant, become a saint!