Ask. Seek. Knock.
One of the routines with the cartoon Peanuts is, “The Doctor Is In.” One of the songs in the musical “You Are A Good Man, Charlie Brown” is called “The Doctor Is In.” Occasionally we will see in a cartoon panel, Lucy at her booth, not selling lemonade but offering psychiatric help, and usually Charlie Brown is there taking her up on her counseling services for a nickel. With our Gospel today, Jesus is always in, and he wants us to come to him. He tells us, pretty strongly and directly, to come to Him. Right there at the beginning, Jesus tells us to ask, to seek, and to knock. Hopefully, we take Him up on that.
I wonder if Jesus has moments where He feels like a school teacher wondering, “why aren’t my pupils asking me questions?” I wonder if any of our teachers reading this can recall moments teaching an important lesson, and waiting in vain for the children to ask questions about it. Like a well prepared teacher, Jesus is ready for anything, and Jesus is ready to give good things. I think at times when I was a student, if I trusted my teacher, I was more inclined to ask questions. Coming to Jesus asking, seeking, and knocking is a sign of our trust in Him. So may we always renew our trust in Jesus.
Consider this verse:
...How much more will your heavenly Father give good things to those who ask him.
It encourages us to renew that trust in our Lord. When we do, we have the freedom to ask. We know whenever it comes to us, it is something good from our God. Jesus is in, and he is ready for you! Are you ready for the goodness He wants to bring to you?
God bless and stay safe!
Fr. Steve Breck
Pastor, St. Mary Magdalene