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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Reflection 2020-09-24 Thursday 25th Week in Ordinary Time

Ecclesiastes 1:2-11; Psalm 90; Luke 9:7-9
The Gospel tells us Herod tried to see Jesus. His interest in Jesus is not to learn what Jesus teaches or to find life but he was just curious about Jesus. Many seek Jesus just to satisfy their curiosity. Perhaps curiosity is the first step if it will lead to faith in Jesus Christ. But if my desire to seek Jesus is only to satisfy my curiosity, without intent to follow him, then my life is what the First Reading says: vanity of vanities. People chase after things that satisfy momentarily. Which is the main point of the Teacher in Ecclesiastes. He speaks of cycles happening round and round goes the wind. Life without Jesus is useless, it is going in circles, an endless chasing of the wind.
Is this all there is to life? We live one day and die the next? The Psalm tells us: You sweep them away; they are like a dream, like grass that is renewed in the morning; in the morning it flourishes and is renewed, in the evening it fades and withers. Life is meaningless without God. Which is why the Psalm asks God: teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart. A wise heart is one that sees things through the eyes of God. The only thing that will satisfy those who seek God is his steadfast love.
When we seek God himself, then we will be satisfied. It does not matter what I believe or do not believe. I may even have doubts about God. The fact that you are reading this means something has moved you to click on this article. You are seeking God and he tells you now, that he is here and if you would call on him, he will answer. God meets you where you are. He is not asking you to do anything out of the ordinary. Just seek him, call him to your heart.
Lord God, I seek meaning in life. I seek life. I seek you. I may not know who you are, but I know when I call you will come to my life. Lead me to you Lord. Show me yourself and bring me close to you.

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