Today's Gospel: Matthew 7:7-12
What parent hasn’t at one point in their parenting life thought, “I am wicked”. If we haven’t, then we probably have a kid or two who has!
It is one thing to think it but quite another to be referred to as ‘wicked’ by Jesus! As they say, ‘The truth hurts!’ The Truth, however, as Jesus speaks it here, is also incredibly comforting; as He goes on to give us some credit, probably more than we tend to give ourselves, reminding us that we do “know how to give good gifts to [our] children.”
Which brings us back to the beginning of today’s Gospel, which also happens to be one of my favorite passages, that expectant urging from Jesus to ask, seek and knock – and God will give you ‘good things’. So when it comes to my wicked parenting ways, the answer may fall not in my reading more Dr. Spock or watching more Dr. Phil* but bringing myself to the divine physician. To come before Him in confidence asking for all the grace I need to be more understanding parent. To seek, perhaps through more frequent participation in the Sacraments, the graces necessary to be a more present parent. Finally to knock on the door of opportunity to be a more fun-loving, wise and caring parent.
Always remembering, in joyful hope, nothing is impossible for God, even for something as farfetched as me being a ‘patience, peaceful, attentive and good-gift bearing’ Mom.
What do I long to ask for; what can I seek; and upon which door should I knock?
Perfection is not what you ask of me, and neither do my children. Help me to ask, seek and knock for all the good gifts my family and I need. In joyful expectation will I wait for your answers and blessings, My Lord and My God!
Copyright 2014 Allison Gingras
About the Author
Allison Gingras created the Stay Connected Journals for Catholic Women (OSV), including "The Gift of Invitation" and "Seeking Peace: A Spiritual Journey from Worry to Trust." Her ministry focuses on the grace of prayer, Scripture, and sacrament. Allison is the national WINE Steward for WINE: Women In the New Evangelization and hosts A Seeking Heart podcast.