Ask receive, search find

(A). Internet
“What is blindness? How is it healed?” Do you want to know? On your computer or smart phone just enter the questions into a search engine, like Google, and you will receive answers. If one answer is not good enough, keep asking till you find what you are looking for.

Similarly, if you want to know about other topics, do the same: ask receive, search find.

(B). Jesus
In the Bible, Jesus says: “Ask and you will receive; search and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Mt 7:7; Lk 11:9) Here are some examples.

As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind beggar on the road asked Him for mercy – the healing of his blindness. The people scolded him and told him to keep quiet. But he persisted by shouting even louder. Jesus stopped, called him over and, hearing his request, said to him: “Receive your sight. Your faith has saved you.” At once his sight returned. He followed Jesus, glorifying God. And all the people gave praise to God. (See Lk 18:35–43)

In the region of Tyre and Sidon, a Canaanite woman came to Jesus asking for mercy and deliverance of her daughter from demonic possession. Jesus did not say a word. His disciples went and pleaded with him, but he said, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the House of Israel.” The woman came up to him, knelt low before him and asked again for his help. He replied, “It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to little dogs.” She humbly replied, “Yes, Lord, but even little dogs eat the scraps that fall from the master’s table.” Jesus answered, “Woman, great is your faith. Let what you ask be granted.” And her daughter was healed from that moment. (See Mt 15:22–28)

One day Jesus was teaching inside a jam-packed house. Some men brought a paralytic in a stretcher, but could not get to him. They persevered by climbing up to the roof, removed some tiles, and lowered the sick man into the room. When Jesus saw their determination and their great faith, he said to the sick man, “Your sins are forgiven.” “I say to you, rise, pick up your stretcher and go home.” He stood up immediately, took up what he had been lying on, and went home healed, glorifying God. All the people were amazed; filled with awe, they gave glory to God. (See Lk 5:17–26)

At Cana in Galilee, a royal official whose son was severely ill in Capernaum heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea. He made the trip to meet Jesus, and humbly asked him to come and heal his son who was near death. Jesus complained, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe.” Unperturbed, the official continued to beg, “Sir, come down before my son dies.” Jesus said to him, “Go, your son will live.” The man believed what Jesus said. On the day-long journey back to his house, his slaves came to meet him on the way with the exciting news: the son’s fever had subsided, and he was healed. On enquiring when this took place, the official discovered that it happened at the exact hour when Jesus said: “Go, your son will live.” He and his entire household came to believe. (See Jn 4:46–53)

Before Jesus died on the cross, a thief who had been crucified next to him, ignoring the impertinent criminal crucified on the other side of Jesus, asked of the Lord, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Right away he received the assurance: “Truly, I say to you, this day you will be with me in Paradise.” (See Lk 23:39–43)

What is the difference between (A) and (B)?
The internet answers questions by giving lots of information, independence and self-satisfaction.

Jesus answers requests for favours by giving lots of love and mercy, healing, faith, humility, forgiveness, life, eternal salvation, and fullness of joy.

We started out asking: “What is blindness? How is it healed?” Check the internet, but note that blindness does not always refer to the eye only, but to the heart and the soul as well. In your daily life, examine where you place the balance between (A) and (B). Whatever you need, whomever you ask, give proportionate time to the Lord.

Never forget that Jesus alone can make this promise: “Very truly I tell you, if you ask anything of the Father, he will give it to you in my name. Until now you have not asked anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, that your joy may be complete.” (Jn 16:23–24)

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