We can approach with confidence and with a sense of boldness as he is our Father who provides for us and in fact anticipates our every need. Jesus teaches us that we are to seek God as Father and expect that he will answer us in our times of need.

In today’s Gospel Jesus uses the analogy of a friend who is in need. The friend seeks help and assistance from one whom he knows him can trust. Even though the friend is well in for the night, (the door is locked and he is in bed), Jesus states that persistence will win him over in the end. We too are to be persistent. Jesus states the promise. “For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened”.

The Father is the Giver of all gifts. He has given his Son who has loved us and given himself for us. The Father gives us forgiveness of sins for the Son of Man has washed away his sins with his blood. The Father gives us life and love.  Jesus has come to give us life and to give it abundantly. The Father gives us family, employment. and other provisions in our daily life. The Father is constant in his giving, and Jesus is for us the givenness of the Father. The Father has given us all things that are good; the Father has given us the Holy Spirit, the first of all gifts. All that we need and we posses are given us by the Father of all gifts. As James writes to his community, “Every good endowment and every perfect gift from above, coming down from  the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change”.

We all know the joy one experiences when giving gifts to those we are familiar with. Whether it be birthday, anniversary or some other celebration it is customary for us to give a gift to show our appreciation and affection towards the recipient. Jesus tells us in today’s Gospel how much more the FAther in heaven will give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him. We thank the Father for all his gifts given. Just as we delight in the appreciation one shows in a gift given, so too it delights the Father to give. We need only receive with humble and grateful hearts.

Reflect on the many gifts God has given you, spiritually ands materially. Where can you see in your life that you can give to others? Remember freely we have received, freely we too must give.

Thank you Father for the gift of your Spirit in my life. You are the Giver of all gifts. Help me to appreciate and not take for granted the gifts you have given. As you have given to me so much may I also learn to be a giver. Amen