Readings and Pondering for Thursday 14 March 2019: Lent

The Lessons Appointed for Use on Thursday in the First Week of Lent

Esther (Apocrypha) 14:1–6,12–14Psalm 138Matthew 7:7–12

Matthew:

“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; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”   (Matt. 7:7 – 8)

My Ponderings

Jesus is still teaching in Galilee to a large crowd that began in chapter 3 of Matthew.  As it becomes apparent to them that they have much to learn he begins to show them how to obtain greater understanding.   He now tells them that to have a deeper relationship with God and one another they must ask, seek and knock. He goes on to give the example that if we know how to care for our loved ones, how much more does God know how to care for us, but we must ask. We must seek.  We must knock.  Jesus ends with the golden rule of “do to others what you would want them to do to you.” ( Matt. 7:12)

Asking for anything really comes hard for some people.  This is especially true if they have to ask a friend or a neighbor for help.  But necessity happens.  We must remember that God exist in our neighbors also.  And in most cases God has already prepared our neighbors to help us and sometimes they are completely unawares.  But we must humble ourselves and ask for help. We are not afforded the life wherein we can say “I never have to ask for anything.”  Sometimes we must. Asking is God’s plan. It is the social network God wants us to enjoy.

Curiosity too brings about innovation in our work and in our everyday lives.  It is the old “what if” question.  If we search for answers we will find them. Even finding out what does not work is an answer.  This is what Jesus says. Seek and we shall find.   For me it is all about “Pondering.”  I just let my mind ponder around whatever primary idea comes to me. But to do this, I need you. Help me please.

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying through and to God’s people and “Ponder anew what the Almighty can do.”  John Thomas Frazier Sr.

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