Sunday, February 01, 2009

God's Desire for You

I came across the following blog post on Fr. John Bartunek's site Catholic Spiritual Direction. I found this to be inspiring and beautiful. I thought you might, too. What a great reflection for anyone, new to prayer or not!


God's Desire for You

For years, though I had been a committed Christian and enjoyed what many call a truly personal relationship with Christ, I had not really internalized the thought that God desired me. That he wants and longs for a relationship with me. The idea seemed odd that the great God of our universe would have any sense of personal longing for a relationship with any human, let alone one as broken as me. The breakthrough came in meditating on Luke 22:15. He was speaking to the disciples at the last supper - he was preparing for his own death by communing with them. He said to them,


"I have earnestly desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer;"


God earnestly desired to be with his disciples. He had no need to be with them, yet, in his great love, he still had a deep and compelling desire to be with them. He has that same desire to be with you. The next time you pray, sit or kneel silently before him - put yourself in the seat of one of the disciples - you are after all, one of his disciples. See him speaking to you. Hear him say to you - using your own name - "_________, I earnestly desire to commune with you, to be with you, to speak to you, to know you and have you know me." The God of love is calling your name. Take a moment to stop and listen - you won't regret it.