Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
The hard part about God’s love is not getting it. The hard part is receiving it. It’s too good to be true, too easy to be believed. Free grace? For me? Oh no, it’s too much. I should do something to earn it. When confronted with the spectacle of a God who is only to happy to give us eternal life upon the flimsiest provocation, just out of love, we start to put up barriers and haggle about the bill like two old men in a diner. “I’ll pay it!” “No I’ll pay it!” God can’t mean that grace is ours for the asking. I should at least cover half the bill! Surely I have to do something to make myself deserving of it. But the text is clear: ask, seek, and knock. It’s right there. Today, don’t waste a lot of time trying to pretend you deserve grace. Just ask for it and it’s yours. Sure, you need to repent your sins. But even that is a result of grace, not a cause of it. God’s loved you since you were conceived. Now’s no time to fall for the notion that you have to earn that love.
IMPORTANT NOTICE TO OUR READERS
Catholic Exchange is free—but it is not free to produce. Advertising revenue covers only a fraction of the cost to generate reliably Catholic commentary and news, inspiring videos, a selection of the best Catholic blogs, and daily meditations and prayers.
To give us the strength and stability we need, Catholic Exchange is turning to you—our loyal reader—and asking you to become a monthly contributor.
Whether you can give $5 or $25, $50 or $100 each month, please leave something behind so we can continue—and strengthen—this important apostolate.
We are deeply grateful for one-time gifts, but we encourage you to choose “Monthly” on the drop-down menu. Your support will ensure that Catholic Exchange will be here during this most critical moment for the Church and America.