July 30, 2017: For What Would You Ask?
Today we hear something very striking that God says to King Solomon in a dream: “Ask something of me and I will give it to you.” Wow! Wouldn’t each of us wish that God would say such a thing to us! Solomon asks God for an understanding heart so that he can distinguish right from wrong as he carries out his responsibilities of governance. To this day we speak of the wisdom of Solomon. For what would you ask?
This reading is paired with a kind of summary statement of Jesus in the Gospel. He says that everyone who has been instructed in the kingdom of heaven is like the head of a household who brings both the new and old from the storeroom. Our Christian journey is one of continually being instructed in the things of God. Hopefully we grow in wisdom. This heavenly way is like finding a great treasure. It is like finding a fine pearl of great price.
During this week prayerfully imagine that God says to you: “Ask something of me and I will give it to you.” How would you respond?