Mass Readings: Esther C:12,14-16,23-25/Matthew 7:7-12

My Prayer List

During Monica’s final year my private prayer became an often-repeated list. 1. That she would be healed. 2. Or, if not 1, that she would have a peaceful death. And 3. Everything else. (Which, I would sometimes tell God in “computer” terms, I was sending Him in a zip file (a package) He could unzip.)

It’s often said that today’s Gospel about asking and receiving has to do with asking the right thing. That seems to me like “guessing” what’s God’s thinking. (“Pick a number between 1 and 10.”) Another way to look at this is if I knock, God will open a door in my life. Graces and blessings will be there but it may take faith, hope, and time before I begin to see them as that. And they won’t identically replace the blessings that I’m no longer being given.

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for always listening. For always loving.