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Thursday, February 25, 2010

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Esther C:12, 14-16, 23-25
Psalm 138:1-3, 7-8
Matthew 7:7-12

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"Ask, and you will receive. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and it will be opened to you." —Matthew 7:7

There are many major gifts from God which we fail to receive because we don't ask for them. The writer of the book of James bluntly states: "You do not obtain because you do not ask" (Jas 4:2). The way to correct this situation is not just to pray more (although that would be helpful), but to repent of our sins and purify our hearts.

Asking the Lord for His blessings is not a matter of saying the right words; by the power of the Spirit, we can make intercession "with groanings that cannot be expressed in speech" (Rm 8:26). Through these groanings, we may receive a superabundance of God's gifts. Someone who is saying all the right words may receive nothing, while someone repenting of wrong things will receive everything.

We must ask to receive, but we must repent to ask. Asking is not primarily a work of the tongue but of the heart. The writer of James teaches: "You ask and you do not receive because you ask wrongly, with a view to squandering what you receive on your pleasures" (Jas 4:3). An unselfish, purified, repentant heart will receive grace, find help, and open heaven. Sacred Heart of Jesus, purify my heart.

Prayer:  Father, purify my heart to pray.

Promise:  "Save us by Your power, and help me, who am alone and have no one but You, O Lord. You know all things." —Est C:25

Praise:  Widowed, alone, with ill health, Marta lives daily in the presence of her God, filled with joy in His presence (Ps 16:11).

Reference:  (Looking ahead, our Women's Retreat is March 20. Call 937-587-5464 or 513-373-2397 to register or for information.)

Rescript:  †Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, August 26, 2009

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