How dear to me is your dwelling, O Lord of hosts! My soul has a desire and longing for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh rejoice in the living God. (Psalm 84:1. The Book of Common Prayer, p.707).
We are on the Second Sunday After Christmas now. It is also the third day of a new year. As the Christ Child brought with Him a new beginning; a new year is also. There are so many things around us calling out for our attention. We have before us many choices to make.
When God came to us in the Incarnate Word, Jesus offers to us many opportunities to make choices. Each of us will make different choices in different ways, that will have different results. The decisions we make will be opportunities for us to grow closer to God, as God desires to be closer with us. The questions God asks each of us is “What is the desire of your soul?” “In what and whom do you rejoice?”
We are invited by the Psalmist to spend some time listening to God’s desire for us, to desire God. Our desire for God is of God’s initiative. God asks us to make the choice of how we will respond to such a deep desire. We are invited by God’s grace to enter into the contemplative vision of God’s dwelling place. As the sparrow finds a place, so God has prepared one for us within the depths of God’s bosom.
Do our hearts and flesh desire to rejoice in the living God?
Br. Anselm Philip King-Lowe, n/OSB