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Home Sections The Daily B.R.E.A.D. March 05, 2009 - Thursday Meditation (Ask, Seek, Knock)
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Tuesday, 03 March 2009 21:17
He tells us those who seek will find, the door will be opened, and the Lord will meet our needs. When we truly believe and accept this in times of dire need and in the good times too, we are opening ourselves up to the possibility of the peace God promises us.
Est C:12, 14-16, 23-25
Ps 138:1-2ab, 2cde-3, 7c-8

Matthew 7:7-12 "Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. (8) For 
every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. (9) Or what man of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? (10) Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? (11) If  you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good  things to those who ask him! (12) So whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them; for
this is the law and the prophets. 

Meditation by Katy Bolz (Creighton)

In recent years, it seems everyone is saying, "Faith is a journey" insinuating it can get tough along the way. But no matter how many times we hear this, we don't truly understand its meaning until we reach that point. The point where the bottom falls out and we are left to our own devices since we reached this point by choosing to be alone.
For some time, we decided to take matters in our own hands and not fully trust in Him. Usually, it is at this moment  in someone's life that we become like Esther, asking for God's guidance and saving grace just as Jesus asks us to in the gospel.
I find it very fitting this reading is available to us as Creighton students are experiencing "midterms". The time in which students are loaded with tests, preparing for spring break, drama, and on top of that class-work too. It is usually in this time that we channel our inner Esther and beg for God's help to rescue us. In  these times of need, this is a great solution. But what would happen if we ask help before we get to that point?
This semester, when talking with a professor, I gained insight that has kept me thinking a few weeks later: "slow down before you have to stop". Truthfully we were talking about my horrific driving skills but as he took it one step further to apply it to every aspect of life, I began thinking about it. Why do I rush through campus from one place to the other? Why do we all have to rush through conversations with co-workers, friends, and children so we can get our work done sooner only to sit at the end of the day with nothing to do or go to bed feeling unfulfilled? I think the answer is we don't have to; sincerely, we don't have to. At some point we, as a society and especially as a community of faith, we have to encourage each other to call on God in times other than those of need and furthermore, be there for one another in the good too. In doing so, it seems the bad isn't as bad any more because we have developed our trust in the Lord to provide for our every need and brought people into our lives who bring us closer to God to help us along the way. In this, we are able to see we are not alone; we don't have to cry for help, but rather seek it as Jesus instructs us to do. He tells us those who seek will find, the door will be opened, and the Lord will meet our needs. When we truly believe and accept this in times of dire need and in the good times too, we are opening ourselves up to the possibility of the peace God promises us.
It is a great challenge to us all, especially me, but it is this hope that gets me through the day. How lucky are we to have this assurance and acceptance from the Lord always!
Supplementary Reading

Beauty of the Ordinary

"A poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny. Jesus said, 'Truly this
woman has put more into the treasury than all the others.'" - Mark 12:42-43

William Wolcott, a great English artist, went to New York City in 1924 to record his impressions of the city's  architecture. One morning he found himself in the architectural office of a colleague for whom he'd worked years before. Suddenly he had an urge to sketch and said to his colleague, "Please, I need some paper." Seeing some paper on the desk, Wolcott asked if he could have it. His colleague replied, "That's not sketching paper, Mr. Wolcott-that's just ordinary wrapping paper."  Not wanting to lose the inspiration of the moment, Wolcott picked up the paper and said, "Nothing is ordinary if you know how to use it." He took the paper and on it drew two sketches.  One sold for $1,000, the other for $500.
We can take the "castaways" of life and from them create something new and beautiful.
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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Take a look around you today and find beauty in the ordinary things of life.
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PRAY as if everything depended on HIM. ACT as if everything depended on YOU.

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If a man will begin with certainties,he shall end with doubts;but if he will be content to begin with doubts,he shall end in certainties.-- Sir Francis Bacon, 1561-1626