Ordinary Time – Luke 11:5-13
“Seek and you will find. Knock and the door will be opened to you.” This was the biblical verse I was given when I was 14, when I was confirmed a Missouri Synod Lutheran in Spokane.
And in a way it’s problematic for me now because it doesn’t at first seem to account for what I think is a major fact of the spiritual life, and that’s desolation. We seek and don’t seem to find anything sometimes, for days and weeks and months. We knock and the door stays closed, or seems to. All we have is emptiness or blankness or loneliness, or we’re bored, or the usual gossip and bureaucracy keeps going on inside us and we just don’t want to keep knowing that.