“Just like a deer that craves streams of water, my whole being craves you, God. My whole being thirsts for God, the living God. When will I come and see God’s face?” (Psalm 42:1,2 Common English Bible).
What do you find yourself thirsting for these days? Peace? Wealth? Popularity? Narcissism? Being noticed and liked? Personal satisfaction with everything and/or everybody? Our various addictions or obsessions?
All of us in one way or live with the illusion that we need to be satisfied by something exterior. Being satisfied is not a terrible thing, as long as we do not seek satisfaction for the sake of itself. When what we desire to satisfy us becomes what we desire to possess for the sake of itself, that is when we are thirsting for something much deeper within our whole being.
There is something to be said for spending time in prayer while being physically hungry or thirsty. In so doing, we fulfill the words of Jesus in His temptation. “People won’t live only by bread, but by every word spoken by God.” (Matthew 4:4 Common English Bible). When we bring our hunger and thirst into our contemplative and/or centering prayer we acknowledge for ourselves what the Psalmist wrote. “My whole being thirsts for God, the living God.” By letting go of all that keeps us attached with our false-sense of self, we are able to follow Jesus through the Holy Essence of God into our own essence to search and find that perfect union with God. God’s love gives the sweetest tasting water turned into wine to satisfy our thirsting souls, and gives new life to ours.
“Prefer nothing to the love of Christ.” (St. Benedict’s Rule for Monasteries. Chapter 4: The Instruments of Good Works, p.15).
“4. The Path you must follow is in the Psalms–never leave it.” (From The Short Rule of St. Romuald).
What is it that you are thirsting for today?
Br. Anselm Philip King-Lowe, OSB
Peace be with all who enter here.