Nineteenth Week In Ordinary Time

After Jesus let Peter off the hook for prematurely telling a tax collector that He had paid the temple tax, the Lord provided a coin in the mouth of a fish for Peter to pay up for both of them. God readily forgives but also wants sinners to mend their ways. When Peter thought that forgiving someone seven times seemed generous, Jesus said that 77 times sounded better. Pharisees pointed out that Moses had allowed divorce. Refusing to take the bait, Jesus explained that some marriages lacked validity in the first place. While Jesus promised the granting of anything for which even two people agree to pray, God’s perfect love means that He only answers prayers in ways that bring people closer to eternal life. As adults, why do we sometimes hand the Lord suggested answers to our prayers, instead of trying to grasp His will for us?