A Father’s Generosity

Matthew 7: 7-12
Est C:12,14-16,23-25/ Ps 138: 1-3, 7-8

Ask and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you. (Matthew 7:7)

Whatever we seek in prayer,
We are confident we shall find;
Jesus said, trust God our Father,
What we give we’ll receive in kind.

Jesus said, “Ask and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it shall be opened. Which one of you would hand his son a stone when he asks for a loaf of bread, or a snake if he asks for a fish? If you then, being 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.” (Matthew 7:7-12)

Reflection

Our Lord Jesus is saying that, if we are kind and generous to others as we are to our own children, then we can expect God to give us what we seek and ask for. God always hears and answers the prayers of those who reflect His kindness and practice the Golden Rule. Or He will give something even better. St. John enunciated this when he wrote that “We receive from God whatever we ask, because we keep His commandments and do what pleases Him” (1Jn.3:22). Besides, we can never outdo our heavenly Father when it comes to being generous. As He said through the prophet Malachi, “Try me in this, and I shall open for you the floodgates of heaven to pour down blessing upon you without measure.” (Mal.3:10)

There may be times when God will not give what we are praying for. St. James tells us why: “You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.” (Ja 4:3) Motive is always the key. When our heart is in the right place, God will give us what we need even if we do not pray for it. In the aftermath of the typhoon Pablo’s devastation, where hundreds of lives were lost and so many children were on the verge of starvation, the board secretary of our Red Cross chapter came up with a plan to convert a truck owned by the chapter into a mobile kitchen which would ensure the food provisions for both our volunteers and evacuees in disaster areas. The cost would come up to a little over a million Pesos.

Aside from this item, we were also hard-pressed to acquire additional rubber boats, wet suits, helmets, etc. which are essential in rescuing flood victims whenever Davao River overflowed its banks (which was often). At this time, we were concerned that our chapter’s benefactors may have already reached the so-called “donors’ fatigue” after the tons of relief goods and cash donated for the typhoon-afflicted provinces. Where to get the needed funding? As if in answer, a friend from Rotary days approached me one day to say that a top executive of a Japanese insurance consortium was coming to Davao to donate cash for the relief efforts of Davao’s Red Cross. We were all stunned when the kind gentleman handed over a check in the amount of P1,100,000.00, the exact amount needed to cover the shortfall for developing our Disaster Mobile Kitchen, as well as for purchasing all our equipment needed for our emergency and relief operations. Truly, God sends His angels to help us in our desire to help those in need.

Lord, You always know what is best for us. Remind us to seek first Your kingdom and Your righteousness, as Jesus taught us, with the assurance that all other things will be given us besides” (Mt. 6:33). Amen.

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