“It is you I seek!”

Psalm 63: 1-8

O God, you are my God—it is you I seek!  For you my body yearns; for you my soul thirsts, in a land parched, lifeless, and without water. I look to you in the sanctuary to see your power and glory. For your love is better than life; my lips shall ever praise you!

I will bless you as long as I live; I will lift up my hands, calling on your name. My soul shall be sated as with choice food, with joyous lips my mouth shall praise you! I think of you upon my bed, I remember you through the watches of the night.  You indeed are my savior, and in the shadow of your wings I shout for joy. My soul clings fast to you; your right hand upholds me.

For reflection and journaling

  • Prayerfully read through the passage very slowly. As you read, pay attention to what word or phrase resonates with you. Simply “be” with the word or phrase, letting it sink into your being. Rest with the word or phrase. Eventually, after you have prayerfully spent some time allowing the word or phrase to circulate within, reflect upon the resonance this word or phrase has for you. What is its invitation?

John 15: 12-17

This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you.  I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father. It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. This I command you: love one another.

For reflection and journaling

  • How do you experience God choosing you as a dear friend?
  • As God’s chosen one, as God’s friend, how do you feel called to lay down your life for God and others?


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