by Fr Duncan McVicar on 12/12/2014
“To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One. Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing. Why do you say, O Jacob, and complain, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord; my cause is disregarded by my God”? Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:25-31)
A French philosopher, Blaise Pascal, considered in his writings the in-born longing of the human race for God. In his book “Thoughts” he wrote this: “If man was not made for God, why is he only happy in God? If man was made for God, why is he so opposed to God?” (No.: 438). We are only completely happy and at peace when we discover God in the core of our own life and experiences. It seems strange that today there are so many influences that turn us away from encountering God. It also seems strange that we often get stuck with earthly things and possessions, instead of using them to reach our Lord and God. What do you think? In the same book “Thoughts”, Pascal offers us another consideration that puts our human longing for God into perspective. He comments: “There are only three kinds of persons; those who serve God, having found him; others who are occupied in seeking him, not having found him; while the remainder live without seeking him and without having found him. The first are reasonable and happy, the last are foolish and unhappy; those between are unhappy and reasonable. (No.: 257). To what kind of person do you think we belong?