Psalm 63: The Longing

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 30, 2020

Today, in God’s Lavish Mercy, we pray with the magnificent Psalm 63 which captures the soul’s deep longing for God.

It is a longing that, once released in the heart, must be satisfied.

In our first reading, Jeremiah experiences it akin to an addiction, the power of it consuming his life:

I say to myself, I will not mention him,
I will speak in his name no more.
But then it becomes like fire burning in my heart,
imprisoned in my bones;
I grow weary holding it in, I cannot endure it.

Jeremiah 20:9

Paul, in his letter to the Romans, says not to resist the longing, but to let ourselves be consumed by it like a sacrificial offering:

I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God,
to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice,
holy and pleasing to God, your spiritual worship. 

Romans 12:1

Jesus, in our Gospel, is the One who surrenders himself fully to that holy longing. He calls us to imitate him:

For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

These are profound readings calling us a place that words cannot describe, a place where the Cross intersects with the truth of our lives. May we have the grace to hear and believe.

Poetry: The Longing – Rumi

There is a candle in your heart,
ready to be kindled.
There is a void in your soul,
ready to be filled.

You feel it, don't you?
You feel the separation
from the Beloved.

Invite Love to quench you,
embrace the fire.

Remind those who tell you otherwise that 
comes to you of its own accord, 
and the longing for it cannot be learned in any school.

Music: The Prayer – Montserrat Cabalé

6 thoughts on “Psalm 63: The Longing

  1. Mary Bilderback

    Always grateful for your poetry, Renee, and your splashless dive into the deeps of each Psalm. We create havens for each other in these quantum weird times.

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  2. Marian Catholic

    Jeremiah 20:9 brings to my mind what Peter said to Jesus after many of our Lord’s followers abandoned him and he was asked whether he would to: “Lord, there is no one else that we can go to! Your words give eternal life.”

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  3. Marian Catholic

    I’m alive and well and living in Tashkent, Uzbekistan until I can get a flight out of here. Thanks! I’ve been stuck here for two months. But the international airport is reopening on September 2, and I plan to fly to Lisbon on the 12th to spend three months in Fatima. There I will be in homestay while teaching online and working on completing my book ‘Most Blessed Among Women’ to have published on Kindle by October. You must be praying for me or else things might not be so well. God bless!

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