Luke 11: 5-13 Do Not Bother Me
This morning at 5:00 am, I read an e-mail from a student who was pondering some things at 3:50 am this morning. One of them was a concern that they had become a bother.
“I feel like it is a little self-centered of me to be always contacting you with little problems and things when really so many people in the world are truly suffering; so many people don’t have any faith or family to help them live life. I am not just saying this for the sake of sounding humble, I really mean it. There are so many people in the world who desperately need to be shown the love of Christ, especially through a priest, and it seems to me that I take away from them when I want advice on little things…”
This wonderful person is not suffering from neglect, but from being loved too much. Yes, we can suffer from being loved too much; and not because of an impure heart, but precisely because of a pure, honest, wholesome heart. Why do you care so much? Why do you even bother with me? Why do you want to help me? Why do you love me? The Lord knows why. Love is paid with love. Love has ransomed us from our eternal heartache. How He loves us so! I am not sure if my humble student read today’s Gospel, but if so, they will see the Lord’s answer to their pondering questions. The Lord will always provide the answers to our most inner thoughts, our deepest longings, or empty heart. Love sets no conditions, except for one.
“Suppose one of you has a friend...” What is the glue that bonds or breaks all friendships, the most intimate of relationships? Trust! It makes or breaks a friendship. Trust is the first fruit of honesty. If I cannot be totally honest with myself, then I will never be totally honest with another. If I cannot love myself, then I will never be able to purely love another. All friendships will be held not by a bond but by loose ends, dangling; hanging over a cliff. Honesty produces trust and creates a unity that bears authentic love.
What must I do? “I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you…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?”
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your people and enkindle in them a fire of your love!
If I have a hard time trusting my family, my friends, my God, then I will always be caught in a catch-22. It takes trust in another to build a trusting relationship. Therefore, I must first trust in the one who never fails me: God. Remember, He is the one who never fails me! If I feel like God has abandoned me, then I am wrong. If I feel like I cannot trust Him, then I am sinning because I am lying. This lie is the gravest of sins because it is the gravest of lies inspired by the prince of lies. How is it possible that the one who lived and died for me is not to be trusted? I will not succumb to his temptation. I cannot. Otherwise my life would fall apart; my world would come to an end, and the universe would be swallowed up by a tiny black hole. In other words, I would become a black hole. Healthy relationships are pure relationships. I must be honest so as not to succumb to the temptations of this world. Honesty will never create a bothersome friendship too hard to carry or too heavy to bear. It will lead to a bond that will never be broken by YOU.