The Gospel reminds us that God is interested in hearing from us. Jesus invites us to ask, seek and knock, and He tells us that we will receive, find and have doors opened to us. In other words, He teaches us that we must be engaged by “getting involved” with our own salvation. God has the power and He has the gifts He wants to give, but He has set things us to allow it all to flow only if we are open.
We are called not to judge our enemies, but to intercede. Abraham has a face-to-face encounter with God as he prays for the territory of Sodom and Gomorrah, where His nephew
Lot lived. In the end, God saves Lot and his family (though Lot’s wife is lost by her failure to
obey) for the sake of Abraham. We have a
relationship with God that is more intimate than that of Abraham because Jesus
has taught us to call God Father.
Perseverance in prayer and persistence in asking, seeking and knocking at the door, are effective because they dispose us to be open to God’s will, which we pray is done “on earth as it is in Heaven.” Prayer is the heart of the life of a Christian. When we are too busy to pray, we are too busy. When we pray, we find that God gives us the time to accomplish more than we can ask or imagine.
Unity of mind and heart come from prayer together. May we find such unity among us that world will discover through our witness the truth of the Gospel. Unity is a Gift from God. It requires a Commitment on our part. And we must see it as a Goal that will not be accomplished fully until all experience welcome.
Let us pray that all unity may one day be restored. And they’ll know we are Christians by our love…..