Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, Deluxe Burgundy Leather


The Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska: Divine Mercy in My Soul is... Read more


$29.95


Buy Now


Before You Ask...

Print this story

Share on Facebook

Share on Twitter

Comments

The Marian Fathers present this Lenten devotional series to help you prepare to receive graces on Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday.

"God of Abraham, God of Isaac, and God of Jacob, blessed are you. Help me, who am alone and have no help but you." — Esth C14

Esther has good reason to be afraid.

When we encounter her in today's first reading, she's considering going to the king, her husband, uninvited. Any man or woman who approaches the king in his inner court without being summoned could be put to death unless the king extends his scepter to signal he spares them. Esther needs the king's cooperation to save her people, but he hasn't summoned her for 30 days. So she plans this risky move.

But first, she prays. Esther — the queen — prostrates herself on the ground all day, pleading for the Lord to give her the right words to move the king's heart. Prayer and gifts go together. "Ask and you shall receive."

Unlike this earthly king who could not be easily approached, the King of the Universe is kind, and He blesses those who call on Him. (See today's Responsorial Psalm.) Jesus explains why we should trust the Father. "If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gift's to
your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good things to those who ask him" (Mt 7:11).

Our Heavenly King doesn't want to force His gift's on us. So ask. And trust Him to do what's best.

Prayer: Lord, You are my help and my hope. I trust in You.

Missed a day? See previous "From Ashes to Mercy" daily meditations.

Print this story

Share on Facebook

Share on Twitter

Comments

Be a part of the discussion. Add a comment now!