In need

Recently I talked with a hairdresser who was afraid to lose her job because the income of the salon had decreased dramatically amid the pandemic. Shortly before the crisis, she had moved to a more expensive apartment. Her son had stopped studying at the university because he did not like being a student and now he was working a job that did not pay well. Her second husband works as a waiter… better to say worked because the pandemic caused the restaurant to close.

The woman was desperate and courageous at the same time. She shared with me how much she was praying during the lockdown. Later, when going back to her church, she said her mask was soaked with tears. She was praying and praying and crying for help.

And the words of Jesus came into my mind: “What father among you would hand his son a snake when he asks for a fish? Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg? If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the holy Spirit to those who ask him?” (Luke 11:11-13)

Yes, how will you not, Lord? The woman was not afraid to show her neediness. And she was not too proud or too afraid to show it to God.

Yes, Lord, often we are in need, often we are even needy. That is ok. We are like children, just needing. Just asking and wanting. This is ok. Because you, Jesus, told us, that God is our Father, our dear Father. We are his children. We are still his children. Sure, as adults, we must stay strong and responsible every day. We cannot let ourselves surrender. However, before YOU, we can. We can become like children and just express our need. In simple words, in simple gestures. It is not immature to do that. It shows our reality. It is ok to be in need. And you will answer us as our good Father. The best Father ever, ever.

Lord, I pray for this dear woman. I pray for so many who are in big need at the moment. Bless us all.

3 thoughts on “In need

  1. Fr. ; always good to read and prayerfully consider your writings. It’s such a crazy time, very hard for many. When asking why? It seems to cause even more confusion w/o of course any answers that help. The only answers for me are in continued right and responsible actions. In the end, trust and prayers seems the only way forward. Blessings often come from the darkest times. Praying and holding to the light that’s the case now. Thanks Fr., Peace ! Steve Mitchel

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  2. Thank you, Fr. Mauritius, for these thoughtful words. To be needy of God’s provision, grace, love and forgiveness brings with it an element of humility. I have to finally admit, how much in need I am and ultimately how lost I am without God’s presence in my life. At the same time, I need God to show me where to give to others, where I can be part of His provision, grace, and love extended to others.

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