Tuesday, October 01, 2013

I Too Seek the Lord

By Beth DeCristofaro

Thus says the LORD of hosts: There shall yet come peoples, the inhabitants of many cities; and the inhabitants of one city shall approach those of another, and say, “Come! let us go to implore the favor of the LORD”; and, “I too will go to seek the LORD.” (Zechariah 8:20-21)

When the days for Jesus to be taken up were fulfilled, he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem … (when the people of a town would not welcome Him, his disciples asked)  … “Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?”  Jesus turned and rebuked them, and they journeyed to another village.  (Luke 9:51, 56)

May today there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us." ...”   Amen. (Attributed to St. Therese of Liseux)

It is said that as The Little Flower, St. Therese, cleaned in the convent, when she came upon a feared and detested spider she would gently pick it up and place it outside.  And then she would wish the “little sister” or “little brother” a happy life.  She did this out of love for Jesus, a desire to be kind and her overwhelming need to reverence life – even arachnid life.

Being that I am terrified of spiders, as a child this story fascinated me.  My science-teacher father would speak to spiders and point out their amazing abilities and anatomies.  My mother’s approach seemed much more acceptable to me.  In our house, if spiders stayed far up in the corners of the room or out of sight she would live and let live.  If, however, a spider made an audacious journey within arm’s reach, she had the right to sweep it out of existence.  I still try to treat God’s creatures with respect but confess that I follow my mother’s rule.  It isn’t always easy whether they have 8 hairy legs or are hard-to-get-along-with fellow humans. 

Zechariah points out how very special humans were and are because we are offered a personal relationship with our God.  Indeed he is right to this day.  The desire to “go and seek the Lord” is as imbedded in us as our DNA.  Indeed closer: Jesus is God coming to seek us.  How precious is humanity to Jesus.  He refuses to punish those who reject him.  He instead goes to die for them, for us.


Today, when tempted to “squash” someone, call down fire from heaven on them or have the last word in order to set somebody straight, bring to mind the gentle kindness of Therese.  Picture Jesus offering Himself for that person.  Take this opportunity to seek the Lord.  Pray that the other person will have a happy day. 

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