July 30, 2007

Prayers and answers

God always answers prayer. When we knock, the door will be opened. But it may be opened in rather than opened out. The answer to our prayer may be the call to convert our desire into a paschal mystery of giving rather than receiving. We may think we approach God's door as trick-or-treaters on the Eve of All Saints, ready to receive a sweet bounty; only to find ourselves commissioned and sent out to seek and serve others instead. Blessed is the gift, and blessed those who receive the gift to give. Thus are loaves and fishes multiplied, and prayers answered.

Tobias Haller BSG
back from Convocation and facing a pile of work with which to catch up!


June Butler said...

Tobias, God bless you in your catching up.

I see that you mined at least one golden nugget of wisdom in your time away. Good word.

johnieb said...

I see Grandmere's wisdom precedes my own catching up in the 'sphere; oh boy: late again. I very much like the image of the Paschal Mystery as the Gift which empowers givers through the Holy Sophia.

I trust this is a reasonably orthodox appropriation of your image's meaning; thank you ever and again, dear brother.

Closed said...

Hope it went well. I think Br. Francis either took is preparing to take final vows? Lots of goings on in the Anglican Blogosphere...