Thursday of 1st Week of Lent A

What Would We Deposit?

Two religious sisters just came back from grocery and learned that they didn’t bring the house key with them. One said to the other, “why don’t we call our pastor to come to help us?” “No,” the other replied, “if we call him, he’s going to make fun of us.” “What’s about we call the locksmith?” Sister asked. “No,” other sister replied, “he will charge money, and our sister will give us a lesson.” One of them then said, “Why don’t we call on Saint Joseph, the protector of the virgins?” After saying that, she kicked the door, and the door was opened. Only then, they learned that when they left the house, they didn’t lock the door.

In today’s Gospel, the Lord Jesus reminds his disciples and to each and every one of us saying, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Sister knocked or kicked the door, and the door opened because they forgot to lock the door. How would we knock the door and the Lord opens for us? How would we ask, and we are given what we ask? And how would we seek, and we will find it? If the door was unlocked, then all we need was to push it and don’t even need to knock. If we asked and sook what was available or plenty, we were then automatically given and found no problem.

The Lord Jesus said, “Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.” It seems that what we give to God, he will give back to us. What we give to God, and when we need it and look for it, he will give it back to us. If we are generous and opened to God, he will open the door and be generous with us when we need him. Just as what we want from the vending machine, we have to deposit money into it; so what we ask from God, we would have to deposit what is called prayer, faith, and good deeds to others. What would you and I deposit to God so that when we ask, it will be given; when we seek, we will find it; and when we knock, the door will be opened for us. The decision is yours.

 

Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen


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