Would Somebody Please Ask
May 22, 2020
"Do not be afraid. Go on speaking and do not be silent, for I am with you," and "Whatever you ask the Father in my name, he will give you." These are two difficult statements to trust. They come to us today from the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 18: 9-10) and the Gospel of John (John 16:23). In the first, the Lord speaks to Saint Paul one night in Corinth and the other Jesus speaks to his disciples.
Many times we ask God for something, and yet it doesn’t happen. We do not succeed and we have to settle for life as it is, since it is not how we want it to be. How often we want to speak or feel compelled to speak because of our faith, but the words just won't come out because we fear the consequences?
Living by faith is not an easy task, it wasn’t in the time of St. Paul nor in the time of Jesus. The world is often a cruel place, a place where words and actions can cause us pain and problems, even if they are true and correct. It’s even more so today with mass media and social media being so prevalent that’s often used as a beat-down by those who don’t like the message. It seems the art of courteous discourse has been lost.
Jesus tells us that whatever we ask the Father in his name will be given to us. But we look around and we see so much disease, death, pain and sadness in the world. Wars and violence happen every day and we’re all dealing with a pandemic that most likely could have been avoided. In the name of Jesus hasn’t someone asked the Father that all this stop?
Living our faith is never easy that’s why Jesus promises his presence among us and the Lord tells Paul that he has people around him in the city of Corinth for support. God is always there, God always answers us, God always gives us what we need, and God is always by our side when we speak the truth and seek the good of our neighbor. However, the world always makes it difficult to hear, feel, see, and know the presence of God in our lives.
When Jesus said, ask my Father for whatever you need he wasn’t talking about Ferraris or yachts, he was talking about the graces and divine gifts to be in intimate union with God and the Christian community. So let us ask that He always listens to us and grants our supplications, giving us what we need to live our faith in the Risen Christ.
Fr. Patrick Daugherty, C.P.