Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year C
“Ask and you will receive”
Your truth told us to cry out, and we should be answered; to knock, and it would be opened to us; to beg, and it would be given to us. Oh! Eternal Father, your servants do cry out to your mercy; and so, answer us. I know well that mercy belongs to your very being; therefore you cannot deny it or refuse it to those who ask for it. Your servants knock at the door of your truth, because in the truth of your only-begotten Son (Jn 14:6) they know the ineffable love which you have for mankind. Therefore the fire of your love cannot refuse to open to those who knock with perseverance.
Open therefore, unlock, and break the hardened hearts of men, whom you created – if not for the sake of those who do not knock, at least on account of your infinite goodness, and through your love of your servants who knock at you for their sakes. Grant the prayer of those, Eternal Father who, as you see, stand at the door of your truth and pray… Open the door of your inestimable love which you have given us through the door of your Word. I know indeed that you open even before we can knock, for it is with the love which yourself have given to your servants that they knock and cry to you, seeking your honor and the salvation of souls. Give them then the bread of life, that is to say, the fruit of the blood of your only-begotten Son.