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The Trinitarian Challenge.

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April 5, 2021
Ang Pinakamagandang Alay.
April 5, 2021
PITIK-BULAG: The Trinitarian Challenge.
 
Today’s gospel gives us three precious gems in prayer:
 
“ASK, and you shall receive; SEEK, and you shall find; KNOCK, and the door shall be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and everyone who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7: 7-8).
 
Well said. Something that we need to remember everyday. Our God is always here for us. Always ready to assist and accompany us in our daily routines and struggles in life. As prophet Jeremiah proclaimed God’s message: “Then you will call my name. You will come to me and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will search for me, and when you search for me with all your heart, you will find me. 14 I will let you find me.” (Jeremiah 29:12-13).
 
But let’s look at the gospel reading in a different perspective. As children of God, we are invited to become like Him. Ever ready to assist anyone, especially the needy, helpless and lonely. Remember the parable of the Good Samaritan? (Luke 10:25-37).
 
Many times, GOD USES US TO ANSWER THE PRAYERS OF OTHERS. We become His invisible hands to reach out those in need. As children of God and disciples of Jesus, we are the CHANNEL OF GOD’S GRACE AND LOVE. When the prayers of others are left unanswered, maybe WE ARE NOT LISTENING TO OTHERS. It takes a sensitive heart to hear the cry of the poor, needy and lost.
 
These three powerful words – ASK, SEEK, and KNOCK – challenge us to evaluate our relationship with God, especially in our desire to follow the footsteps of Jesus.
 
1. ASK AND YOU SHALL RECEIVE: THE CALL TO PROVIDE.
 
Like God the Father, we are called to be a good provider for our brothers and sisters.
 
When was the last time somebody came to you and asked for something? Did you immediately help or reject his request? Are you quick to respond when someone is in great need?
 
Scripture Texts: Luke 16:19–31 – Lazarus and the Rich Man
 
Who are the Lazaruzes in your life? Never allow that on the final judgement, God will tell you, “Why should I give you eternal life, when you ignored someone begging for bread and drink?”
 
2. SEEK AND YOU SHALL FIND: THE CALL TO BE SHEPHERD.
 
Like Holy Spirit, we are called to guide, console and enlighten someone who are lost, confused and hopeless; and lead them towards God and good life.
 
Are you a good shepherd, counsellor and companion to others? When was the last time you were moved to guide a confused soul? When was the last time you accompanied someone in their miseries?
 
Scripture Texts: John 14: 26-27 – Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit
 
“Then you will call my name. You will come to me and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will search for me, and when you search for me with all your heart, you will find me. 14 I will let you find me.”
 
3. KNOCK AND THE DOOR SHALL BE OPENED: THE CALL TO BE A GOOD HOST.
 
Like Jesus, we are called to welcome strangers, prisoners, sick, possessed, hungry, forgotten and marginalized into our community of faith.
 
When was the last time you welcome a stranger in your home? When was the last time you do corporal works out of love and not out of duty? Is it seasonal or part of your life? Do you resist someone knocking at your heart now, who are they? Where is your resistance coming from?
 
Scripture Texts: Matthew 25: 31 – 46 – The Last Judgement
 
Are you a good host to those who are hungry, sick, prisoners, poor and the oppressed?
 
Reflect the Trinitarian Challenge:
 
Like the FATHER, we are called to be a good PROVIDER to the needy. (Ask and you shall receive.)
 
Like HOLY SPIRIT, we are called to be a good GUIDE to the lost. (Seek and you shall find.)
 
And like JESUS, we are called to be a good host or shepherd to everybody. (Knock and the door will be opened.)
 
As Jesus said, “In everything do to others whatever you would have them do to you.This is the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 7:12)
 
– Pitik-Bulag
 
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February 25, 2021 – Thursday
Gospel Reading: Matthew 7: 7 – 12

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