Gospel March 5, 2020 Matthew 7:7-12
Jesus said to his disciples:
“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; and the one who seeks, finds;
and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
Which one of you would hand his son a stone
when he asked for a loaf of bread,
or a snake when he asked for a fish?
If you then, who are wicked,
know how to give good gifts to your children,
how much more will your heavenly Father give good things
to those who ask him.
“Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.
This is the law and the prophets.”
For those of you who have gone through these last few days with us while losing one of God’s angels, Sharon Hodges Schalchlin – this Gospel resonates.
I know there were so many prayers asking for healing and bringing her back to us. Prayers for strength as we awaited a miracle. A miracle that didn’t manifest in the way we hoped. Sharon passed and her husband was at her side. Honestly, I was so disheartened even knowing that God knows what he’s doing.
The thing is he didn’t do it MY way. I wasn’t asking for too much. Just heal Sharon. And he did heal her – in a way that we here don’t quite know. We can’t unless we die and arrive at Heaven’s door and knock.
We had prayed together for her to be delivered from that evil that had attacked her beautiful heart. And God answered. He didn’t leave her here to live a life diminished by the battle for her body. He gave us that loaf of bread instead of the snake. He made her perfect as only he can.
Now we are left to search – for comfort, for understanding, for a reason – we want answers. But God isn’t a God of delivering our wants. He is a God of delivering for our needs.
As we seek, I assure you we will find. As St Paul says when we stand before the Trinity our knowledge will be perfected. We get to understand all those things we never understood here.
We can’t be forever angry with anyone – especially God. We wouldn’t want him to be angry with us.
At least that’s what I heard Him say…