Today’s Gospel passage from Matthew is one of those challenging ones that doesn’t always work out the way we want it. “Ask and you shall receive, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you.” When I was a child I think I heard this as a way to try to get what I wanted, but I never did get that horse I asked for. (Well, except that old horse that my brother brought to the farm to retire. So, I guess I did…) So, what do we do with this reading? Do we believe it or not?
Remember from the Hebrew Scriptures when Solomon was asked what he wanted when he became king of Israel (1 Kings 3), and he asked God for an understanding mind to govern the people well? The word came back from God that because Solomon did not ask for a long life for himself or for riches, or for the life of his enemies, then God would grant his request. Ever since, we talk about the wisdom of Solomon, as no one had ever had such wisdom before.
Maybe this is a hint of what we might want to ask for? Something that will benefit us or others in building relationships, in caring for those most in need, or in helping us to accept ourselves for who we are – children of the living God of love. What do you need? What will you ask for? We are always encouraged to ask for whatever we need.
Ironically, the Dominican Sisters of Peace will be hearing this reading today and again on Saturday afternoon in the welcome ceremony we are having for our newest Candidate, Phuong Thuy Vu. As she knocks on our door to enter our congregation, to enter a new moment in her life and in ours, we hope to welcome her with grace and courage to be open to all she will teach us. Please pray with Phuong and Dominicans of Peace as we journey together in service of the Gospel of love. Welcome, Phuong!