“And I tell you, ask and you will receive;
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.” Luke 11: 9-10
I’m struck today by the assurances Jesus utters in today’s gospel.
Do I believe these words? “Asking? Receiving? Seeking? Finding?” — I pray and ponder. Really?
I wonder to myself: Where am I knocking? What doors am I drawn to? What am I seeking? How do I ask or seek on the hopeful path to finding? How do I stay true to God’s calling for me?
I pose these questions prayerfully, holding recent stories of discernment and vocation that have been shared with me. I think of Maria who longs to be a sister but questions her calling given her age. I think of Daniel who has long thought of himself as a teacher, but has courageously departed from the classroom into the messy open waters of wondering: “What’s next?” I think of my beleagured sister Ruth who feels on fire to preach and pastor a Catholic faith community, but is told this is not for her. I hold my gay friend Antonio in my heart, along with his questions about partnering and marrying his boyfriend in the church.
I return to the gospel’s text: Asking? Receiving? Seeking? Finding? Knocking?
I pray for the doors to open.