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Jesus, in today’s Gospel reading at Mass (Mt 7:7-12), gave us another teaching on prayer. He said:
“Ask and it will be given to you;
Seek and you will find;
Knock and the door will be opened to you.”
This reflects well the attitude of Queen Esther (from the First Reading at Mass), who, “seized with mortal anguish, had recourse to the Lord.” She was praying for her people who were about to be murdered on account of their Jewish heritage. The Lord heard Queen Esther’s prayer and saved her people.
If God can answer the prayers of Esther, then God can and wants to answer our prayers too, especially when we are in distress. As the psalm response for Psalm 51 put it, “Lord, on the day I called for help, you answered me.”
So, make sure you pray during this Lenten time (and all the time):
Ask – and it will be given.
Seek – and you will find.
Knock – and the door will be opened.