Today’s reflection was written by Xaverian Brothers Associate Bill Gorman, a teacher at Xaverian High School in Brooklyn, NY.
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Ask and it will be given to you;
seek and you will find;
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.
In the busyness of our daily lives it sometimes becomes difficult to seek out that time and place where we enter through the door of quiet and prayer. Jesus reminds us to be persistent and active in today’s Gospel. If we ‘ask’ in the quietness of our spirit, we begin that persistent journey to appreciating God’s blessings and expectations of us. Through prayer we ‘seek’ a greater understanding of God’s plan for us. Prayer leads us to a stronger desire to ‘knock’, from the heart, as we more fervently hope to reach a personal bond with our God and His will for us. We are reminded that when we ask we will receive, yet often prayer leads us to understand that we are not promised we will receive that for which we ask. Often when the door opens it leads us to possibilities we never imagined.
During this Lenten season we are each on a personal journey, yet one that is shared with our Xaverian community and the Universal Church. We hope to return to ‘our true place’ and are reminded that persistence in prayer is one step on that journey. Reflecting on the journey of the first Xaverian Brothers to the United States, persistence and openness to the unknown resonate. As we each persistently continue our own journey we are assured doors will open up to endless possibilities.
Take time to quietly imagine yourself standing before a door, knocking ever so lightly and eventually with greater persistence and purpose.
What is behind the door as it opens to you?
What does God ask of you as you enter through the door?
Good and gracious God, we are always returning, always in a movement toward our true home. We know that “our hearts are restless until they rest in you.” As we begin the discipline of the season of Lent, give us the grace to begin our journey back to our true home. May we travel this journey wholeheartedly, not simply ‘rending our garments’ superficially, but truly placing ourselves in the hands of your Divine Mercy and experiencing your ineffable and unconditional love. May we who follow the Xaverian Way, commit ourselves to renewing our family and being your compassionate presence in our world today. We ask this in the name of Jesus, your Son and our brother. Amen.