Dare you ask for the Spirit? “Ask and you will receive,” Jesus promises us in our Gospel today. But let’s be real and go deeper: How many times have you prayed for a particular favor only to be disappointed? What do you do when you ask but do not receive? The way I used to make sense of the times when I did not get what I begged for was to balance “Ask and you shall receive” with what Jesus also says later in our Gospel today: “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?” Perhaps getting what I wanted would not be good for me. Maybe what I was asking for was a snake or a scorpion – something that would hurt me, something dangerous for me and those close to me. For a time, I was content with this explanation, but then I was assigned to be a chaplain in the Philippine General Hospital. I met many saintly patients: kind-hearted mothers … [Read more...] about Dare you ask for the Spirit?