26 February: Matthew 7.7-12

Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for bread, will give a stone? Or if the child asks for a fish, will give a snake? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.

“The thing is,” said the tortoise to the hare, “sometimes I don’t know what the thing is. The thing to ask for.”

“It’s the asking that does it,” said the hare.

“Does what?” asked the tortoise. “Reminds you to stop for a bit,” replied the hare “to do some asking. Or to look at doors and wonder what would happen if they opened.”

“But I don’t use doors,” said the tortoise. “Mostly I plod right under them. And I really don’t go inside very much.”

“It doesn’t matter,” said the hare. “Doors aren’t for everyone, neither are fish or snakes or stones or bread. It’s the concept that counts.”

“But I don’t like asking,” said the tortoise. “First I have to really think about it. And sometimes I’m really not very good at thinking. And then I get all bothered and hot. What if I can’t find the thing to ask for?’

“Maybe it’s not a thing,” said the hare. The tortoise paused.

“Well then,” said the tortoise. “Well then. Suppose I really didn’t need to ask for a thing but could just ask, there’s still this problem of doors. How will I know which door to knock on? There are lots of doors.”

“The searching is part of it,” replied the hare.

“Ah,” said the tortoise.

“Ah,” said the hare.