From today’s Gospel, from St Matthew: ‘Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened’.

St Augustine commented: ‘“Ask, and it shall be given you”. And that you might not think that this first precept to ask was given cursorily, He added, “Seek, and you shall find”. And that you might not think that this too was cursorily given, see what He added further, see with what He finished. “Knock, and it shall be opened unto you”: see what He added. He would have you ask that you may receive, and seek that you may find, and knock that you may enter in. Seeing then that our Father knows already what is needful for us, how and why do we ask? Why seek? Why knock? Why weary ourselves in asking, and seeking, and knocking, to instruct Him who knows already? … Now that you may understand this, ask, seek, knock. For this cause is it closed, not to shut you out, but to exercise you. Therefore, brethren, ought we to exhort to prayer, both ourselves and you. For other hope have we none amid the manifold evils of this present world, than to knock in prayer, to believe and to maintain the belief firm in the heart, that your Father only does not give you what He knows is not expedient for you. For you know what you desire; He knows what is good for you’.

In these challenging days, these words strike a resounding chord. May God bless you this day, and watch over you at all times.