If You Ask Anything in My Name, I Will Do It
by Fr. Miguel Batres, O.Praem.
But his servants came up and reasoned with him. “My father,” they said, “if the prophet had told you to do something extraordinary, would you not have done it? All the more now, since he said to you, ‘Wash and be clean,’ should you do as he said.”
These are the words of the servants to their master Naaman. Naaman is an excellent reflection of how we weak men stand before our Lord. Often we only focus on the problem, and never on the full reality. Many times we are quick to lose faith and confidence in our Lord, because of something we cannot control or do of our own accord. Some obstacle, or challenge, or maybe some opposition is enough to make us give up, or at least to blind us. Often it does not matter what is before us. We are so easily thrown off track. It can be a peg or a splinter, but that is enough to make us lose sight of what is good for us. We are so stubborn, and hard headed, and stuck in our ways, that more often than not we choose to act like the blind and the mute and the deaf, when in reality we are not. This makes us blind to the most obvious good before us. God.
In the reading, Naaman wants everything to make sense to him. There is cleaner water elsewhere, why should I wash with your filthy water? Good question. Maybe interior conversion. Maybe humility? Maybe obedience? Maybe faith that God works through His instruments as He wishes? Thanks be to God, the servants got the point. They spoke to Naaman, as if to say—be quiet and do what the man of God has asked you to do. If he would have put some difficult task before you, you would have tried it, only to prove to yourself your own worthiness. Now, he demands nothing of you, but to wash with water, and you doubt because it does not seem like enough to you. Thanks be to God for He is generous and patient with us.
This passage also brings to mind St. Peter, when our Lord is going to wash the feet of His disciples. St. Peter asks our Lord, If You will wash my feet, why not wash all of me? It is as if our Lord says to Peter, Be quiet and open your eyes. Remove the scales of pride that blind you. Believe in Me already. What else do you need to see? I have healed the lame, the blind, and the mute. I have healed your mother-in-law. I command the winds and the sea, and they obey. I have multiplied fishes and loaves to feed thousands upon thousands. I raised the dead back to life. I walked on water with you. Peter, just listen to Me. Let Me in, so that I can work wonders in your life. Peter, where is your faith?
Brothers and sisters that is the question every day. When the Son of Man comes again, will He find faith? Today, we find the world confused, in turmoil, afraid. Why? Because of the Coronavirus? No. The world is afraid because it has currently lost its false sense of control over who lives and who dies—a power that belongs to God and God alone. Do we have reason to be afraid? No. We have reason to be prudent, but afraid? Our Lord has conquered sin and death. He is God. We do not have reason to be afraid. We have reason to pray, and to pray with confidence.
Our Lord in the Gospel of John says, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I go to the Father. Whatever you ask in My name, I will do it, that the Father may be glorified in the Son; if you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”
Brothers and sisters, it is time to believe. It is time to do greater works. It is time to ask in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Through the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe and the 14 Holy Helpers: Saints George, Blaise, Pantaleon, Vitus, Erasmus, Christopher, Giles, Cyriacus, Achatius, Dionysius, Eustachius, Catherine of Alexandria, Margaret of Antioch, and Barbara, may God keep us and all our loved ones safe from all physical and spiritual harm. Amen.
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