Thursday, July 25, 2013
Jesus' three calls
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July 28, 2013
"I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." It's obvious that Jesus spoke these words when he was moving through the towns of Galilee asking for something to eat, seeking welcome and knocking at his neighbors' doors. He knew how to take advantage of the simplest life experiences to awaken his followers' trust in the Good Father of all.
Curiously, at no time does he tell us what we are to ask for or seek, or at which door we are to knock. What's important for Jesus is the attitude. Before the Father, we are to live like poor people who ask for what they need to live, like the lost who seek a path they don't know well, like the helpless knocking at God's door.
Jesus' three calls invite us to awaken our trust in the Father, but they do it with different nuances. "Ask" is the attitude of the poor person. We are to ask God for what we can't give ourselves: the breath of life, forgiveness, inner peace, salvation. "Seek" is not just asking. It is also taking steps to get what isn't within our reach. So, first of all, we are to seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness -- a more humane and worthy world for all. "Knock" is to strike the door, insist, cry out to God when we feel He is far from us.
Jesus' trust in the Father is absolute. He wants his followers never to forget it: "everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened." Jesus doesn't say they will receive specifically what they ask for, that they'll find what they're looking for or get what they're crying out for. His promise is different: God gives to those who trust in Him; those who turn to Him receive "good things."
Jesus doesn't give complicated explanations. He offers three examples that fathers and mothers of all times can understand. "What father or mother among you, if their child asks for bread, would give them a round stone like those that can be seen along the road? Or if they ask for a fish, would give them one of those water serpents that sometimes turn up in the fishing nets? Or, if they ask for an egg, would give them a balled up scorpion from those you see by the lakeside?"
Parents don't make fun of their children. They don't trick them or give them something that could harm them, but rather "good things." Jesus quickly draws the conclusion: "How much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him." For Jesus, the best thing we can ask for and receive from God is His Spirit that sustains and saves our life.