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A.S.K.

This reflection was written by G-pa for the BLD newsletter.

BLD stands for Bukas Loob sa Diyos which means “Open in Spirit to God” in Tagalog, the language of the Philippines, where BLD began. It is a network of Covenant Communities with district branches around the world.

“And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”  (Luke 11: 9)

Ask. Seek. Knock. These commands are like the three legs of a tripod or an easel. Neither of those common devices will stand unless the three legs are properly in place. At work, we have an old wooden display easel. Each leg of the easel has to be attached individually. It sometimes happens that, as you place one leg in its socket, another leg falls out. You have to keep trying because it just won’t work without all three legs. Ask, seek and knock are the three legs that support our Christian faith. They are essential to our prayer lives, and they also define the three main segments of the Mass: the Penitential  Rite, the Liturgy of the Word, and the Liturgy of the Eucharist. If we want to stand firm in the practice of our faith, we need to have all three legs firmly in place.

The first leg says “Ask.” Jesus tells us that if we ask the Father for anything in His Name, God will give it to us. We may be asking for a million different things that we need every day, such as healing or guidance, strength or forgiveness. Every Mass begins with the Penitential Rite in which we ask God to forgive our sins. Often, we come to God asking for physical healing for ourselves and our loved ones. Recently, I asked my spiritual director to anoint me in preparation for a medical procedure which could have a life-changing outcome. Sensing my anxiety, Father told me to trust in God’s will, because only He knows how things will turn out. So that’s what I have been doing while leaning heavily on leg #1, “Ask and you will receive.”

Leg #2 tells us to “Seek.” We seek God in many ways. At Mass, the Liturgy of the Word reveals the Father through Scripture and homily. Our Friday-night worship at BLD brings us closer to Jesus, seeking Him through praise, the inspired words of the worship leaders, and our word-sharing circles. I also find that spending an hour with Our Lord in Adoration brings me even closer. “Seek and you shall find.”  Worship and Adoration help me to find Jesus.

The third leg is “Knock.” When we knock with humble hearts, the door is opened by Jesus Himself. In the Mass, when the priest calls on the Holy Spirit to transform the bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ, we are knocking on the door of Heaven itself; and Jesus invites us in and shares His life with us. “Knock and the door will be opened to you.”

“For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”  (Luke 11: 10)  Like that old easel at work, our lives of faith need three strong legs to stand on. Ask. Seek. Knock.

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