It is your face, O Lord, that I seek

It is your face, O Lord, that I seek


: 1 Kgs 19:9.11-16, Mt. 5:27-32. For all who seek God with sincere heart, we can identify with the Psalmist: “It is your face, O Lord, that I seek.” What we ultimately thirst for is none other than God, the origin of our being and the fulfilment of our lives. It is the seeking heart that makes us pilgrims, on a journey towards the fully disclosed presence of our God. Elijah was clearly such a seeker as he set off across the desert toward the mountain of God, Mount Sinai as recounted in today’s first reading.

By the cave in that mountainside, Elijah met the Divine presence, but not in the dramatic ways he might have expected, in fire or storm or earthquake. God’s presence was revealed quietly in the sound of a gentle breeze. Another version translates it as a “sound of sheer silence.” Even if silence is not easy to come by in our noisy times, it is where the Lord can be most clearly heard. Indeed we need to seek it in order to find it. Seeking periods of silence is part of prayer, for it is where we become most attuned to the Lord’s passing by. Today’s Gospel teaching about chastity sets very high standards, in stark contrast to today’s cult of irresponsible pleasure. Apart from calling couples to stay faithful to each other, there is a warning against unchaste thoughts and desires. We guard our dignity when, getting rid of slavery to the passions, we press on with freely choosing what is good for: “The baptised must continue to struggle against concupiscence of the flesh and disordered desires.”

May the Lord continue to grant us His favour and grant us all we hope for! Amen!! Have a wonderful day!!!




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