In today's Gospel reading from Matthew 7, we hear from Jesus the familiar "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." To ask, to seek, to knock ~ this is what the Lord wants us to do to discover the love of God. Not too long ago, the message was to deny ourselves, take up the cross, and follow him. And Jesus wants us to not be anxious about tomorrow nor be afraid. Of course, we must remain humble and not judge others. There are just so many counsels to heed to.
All this brings me back to union with the Lord. If we do become one with the Lord, then we'll be thinking and feeling like him. We'll always ask for the right thing from God. Since we are already in and with him, denying ourselves and following him are no longer issues to deal with. And the cross becomes something to cherish and I suppose that we can find another word for it. Freedom and peace of the heart ensues, and humility and compassion for others grow. To seek union with God is to follow him all the way. Along the way, complying with the Lord's requests will be taken care of.
When you receive the Lord in Holy Communion, it is the perfect time to seek union with him. Let this physical union deepen the spiritual one each time. This is indeed the reason for us to live.