The Gospel reading for Mass on Sunday was from Matthew, Chapter 7. Our priest wanted to remind us what came just before this, in Ch. 6. So, even though these weren’t the assigned readings for the day, we heard:
“Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are not you more important than they? Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span? Why are you anxious about clothes? Learn from the way the wild flowers grow. They do not work or spin. But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was clothed like one of them. If God so clothes the grass of the field, which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith? So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’ or ‘What are we to drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear?’ All these things the pagans seek. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides. Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil.”“
Not only was this read in church on Sunday, but these verses were also mentioned in the book I was reading Sunday night, Angel Unaware by Dale Evans Rogers. Today,our friend Jen, in her comments on the last post, also reminded us of these wonderful words from the Gospel that shares a name with our son.
Yes, Lord, I’m getting Your message. I’m slow, but I’m getting it.
On the same page in my Bible is a promise which we have held very dear:
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 asks for a loaf of bread, or a snake when he asks 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.
If our Matthew has taught us anything, it is that God answers prayers! Not always according to our own will, but according to His. Looking back, I thank God for NOT answering some of my prayers according to my own will this past year, and I praise and thank Him for answering them according to His will. The answer – our little Matthew – was better than anything we thought was possible.