by Fr Duncan McVicar on 13/12/2014 -
Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Saviour, and my hope is in you all day long. Remember, O Lord, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old. Remember not the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you are good, O Lord. Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways. He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. (Psalm 35:4-9)
Our hunger for God finds its beginnings in the powerful reality of God’s personal love for us. The Prophet Jeremiah proclaimed the awesome truth: “ “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness ” (Jeremiah 31:3). God’s passionate love for us sparks off the longing in every human heart. He has loved us with “an everlasting love”, he thought about us and looked upon us with “an everlasting love”. We will always feel the longing for the eternal in us, because we too want to love for eternity. What is our response to God’s everlasting love? As long as we are not fully united to him, as long as we cannot yet look upon the face of God, we pray with the Psalmist: “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?” (Psalm 42:2f). One day our longings will find an answer.
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