Thursday 2 March 2023
Esther 4:17. Lord, on the day I called for help, you answered me – Psalm 137(138):1-3, 7-8. Matthew 7:7-12.
Trust in God’s response
St Augustine said ‘Our hearts are restless until they rest in you’. We are all searchers. Today’s Gospel seems to celebrate this. It asks us to keep asking, to keep knocking. It doesn’t say when the door will be opened, nor does it mention what will be behind it. It just asks us to keep trusting that God will respond, even if that means in God’s own mysterious way. We are called to trust. All we know is that if we ask for an egg, God won’t give us a stone. We are called to trust that whatever God does send in our direction will be nourishing.
Simone Weil said that the whole world is like a stick in the hand of a blind person. This is a beautiful image. It means that creation exists to help us see what we can’t see on our own, namely the presence of God. We keep looking, searching, knocking. ‘Your love, O lord, is eternal.’