August 29 – 30
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
“O God, You are my God whom I seek; for You my flesh pines and my soul thirsts like the earth, parched, lifeless and without water.” (Psalm 62).
Generally, these pastor’s notes are an opportunity to comment upon the Gospel message of Our Lord, however, this poignant phrase from one of the 150 Psalms expresses the interior thoughts of many these days. Longing for God comes from the very depths of our being and St. Augustine, the fifth century heretic – turned – Christian, whose feast we just celebrated also puts those same sentiments succinctly: “Lord, our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee.”
Sometimes people haven’t a clue as to what they are longing for. There is the knowing emptiness that can lead to despair and cynicism, or it can motivate a person to honestly search for fulfillment. The fulfillment can only be found in one person – Jesus Christ.
So much time and energy is wasted in pursuit of that which time turns to dust. Finding and following Christ is eternal happiness. Even though the road of life may be bumpy and filled with potholes the journey is with and for Someone who will not forget what we may endure and certainly never abandons us on the way.
We can never say: “Oh, but He is the Son of God, how can He understand what I’m going through.” Did He not indicate to His disciples the very purpose of coming into the world – to show us the Father’s unconditional love, to bestow mercy on us?
This indeed is the God for whom my soul longs and yours as well.
We offer our joyful congratulations to our young parishioners who have received the Sacrament of Confirmation this afternoon. We pray for them that their hearts will always long for the Lord despite the many distractions of this world. As they have now been received into the fullness of Faith by the power of the Holy Spirit. May they be energetic disciples of Christ and by their witness bring others to know and love Christ.