Those Who Seek the Lord Lack No Good Thing.

Seeking

Those who seek the Lord lack no good thing. (Psalm 34:10b. RSV).

I just looked up a definition of the word seek.   The definition I would like us to focus on for this Simple Reflection is seek as, “an attempt or desire to obtain or achieve (something).”   Someone who seeks something (or someone) does so with an intense amount of attention on what it is they are wanting to find.  When a seeker is seeking they tend to avoid all other distractions so that they can focus on discovering what is hidden.

When it comes to the Spiritual Life, seeking God is like looking for a lost set of keys while they are already in your hand.  God has already been found.  Seeking God is the foundation of Benedictine Spirituality.  All other parts of Benedictine Spirituality including the infamous Ora et Labora (pray and work), are a means towards seeking God.  We pray and work, work and pray; so that we may seek a deeper union with God in and through all things.

The photo above the verse from Psalm 34:10b represents that seeking God is not necessarily a matter of us doing something.  The man who is sitting there in the dusk seems tired and worn out.  There is darkness in his life, but there is a great reflection and revelation through what remains visible.  There is still so much beauty and possibility around him.  Whatever he may be lacking, he is lacking no good thing.  There is still hope for him.  There is still hope for all of us.

Amen.

Br. Anselm Philip King-Lowe, n/OSB

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