18th Sunday in Ordinary Time-C
August 4, 2019
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A wealthy man had only one child, a 12-year-old son. He gave the boy everything that he wanted, but there was still something that his son longed for more than anything else. He wanted a brother to play with and to share with.
His father finally arranged to adopt a poor boy who was about the same age as his son. Both boys were extremely happy: the birth son because he now had a brother he could call his own, and the adopted son because he now had so many things that he had never enjoyed before.
One day, as they were tossing around a football in their yard, the adopted son remarked, “Gee, I wish Kenny, my friend from where I used to live, could have a football like this one. He really loves football, but his parents can’t afford to buy him one.”
The birth son replied, “Why don’t you ask Dad to get him one?” The adopted boy said that he did not want to impose on someone who had been so good to him already. But the other boy insisted, “Don’t forget that my Dad is now your Dad too. He gives me whatever I ask him. He will do the same for you. And if he thinks that it’s not good for you, he’ll say so. Lots of times he gives me something even better. Just ask him.” He did, and his friend Kenny got his new football.
Jesus tells us something like that in today’s Gospel. “Ask and you will receive.” You and I are the adopted sons and daughters of Our Heavenly Father and, because of this, we are the adopted brothers and sisters of Jesus.
Generously, the Heavenly Father adopted you and me when we were baptized. Like the adopted child in the story, we are blessed beyond words with our new life as God’s beloved children, and as brothers and sisters of Jesus.
But that is not all. Jesus tells us that we can ask for gifts from Our Heavenly Father not only for ourselves but also for other people. “Ask and you will receive.” Notice how many times Jesus prayed to His Father asking for something for us.
This theme, of asking God and the reasons why we can, runs through all the Scriptures today. In the first reading, from the Book of Genesis, Abraham bargains with God, asking Him to show mercy to the wicked people of Sodom and Gomorrah.
In the Responsorial Psalm we sang, “Lord, on the day I called for help, you answered me.”
In the second reading from Paul’s Letter to the Colossians, we read, “You were buried with Christ in baptism, in which you were also raised with Him through faith in the power of God, who raised Him from the dead.”
And in today’s Gospel, Jesus taught us that we can call His Father Our Father too.
Our prayer – public and private – will mean more to us if we remember that we are beloved children speaking to a Father who listens to us and loves us. Notice how children talk to their parents: they keep on asking. That is what Jesus told us to do when He said, “Ask and you will receive.”
And we can ask for others as well as for ourselves. And, as grateful children of God, let’s not forget to include a word of thanks.
As beloved sons and beloved daughters of our Heavenly Father, and as brothers and sisters of Jesus, we can pray together, we can stay together, and we can even play together.
All this is so because Jesus’ Father is now Our Father too.