Scripture Reading:  Psalms 42:1 – 11

Our scriptural reference says, “As the deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for You, O God.” (V1)In Psalms 63:1, the Psalmist says, “O God, You are my God, I seek You, and my soul thirsts for You; my flesh faints for You, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.”  David thirsted for God like a deer running or fleeing from his hunter or as a deer pants after a drink of water.  David knew that God was his ultimate and that if he can get to the water he will be refreshed and can escape for his life, but if he failed to get that refreshing water (God) he was going to die.  So David said, “I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory.  Because of your steadfast love is better than life; my lips will praise you.” (Psa. 63:2 – 3)  Jesus said in Matt. 5:6, “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.”

Beloved, as water is essential for physical life, so God and His presence are essential for your satisfaction and wholeness of life.  True believers hunger and thirst for God, His grace, blessings and supernatural activity in their lives.  The reason is that to stop thirsting for God is to die spiritually, this is why we must not allow anything to diminish our intense desire for the things of God.  Therefore, man must beware of the cares of this world, the pursuit of earthly things and the pleasures that tend to choke out hunger and thirst for God and the desire to seek His face in prayer (Mk. 4:19).  Dear friend in Christ, for you to grow spiritually, therefore, you must like Enoch, thirst for God. (Gen. 5:24)  Enoch walked and thirsted for God. He walked continuously with God and he grew spiritually. Therefore, the Holy Spirit calls us today to keep our eyes on Jesus. (Heb. 12:20)  The cares of this world may try to keep your eyes away from Jesus, endeavour to turn to Him always, because that is the only way you can be fulfilled as a Christian.  Moses had a sprawling relationship with God because right from his call, he (Moses) thirsted for God.  He experienced the glory of God (Exodus. 33:18)because he desired Him beyond anything else.  Elijah and Elisha were prophets that made their marks in the vineyard of God; simply because they thirsted for God.  Their relationship with Him was so intimate that they spoke one on one with Him.  Of course both of them enjoyed supernatural powers as they manifested the power of whom they believed, trusted and thirsted for.

Dear friend, the Holy Spirit calls you at today’s reflection to make a complete turnaround towards God.  Desire and thirst for Him in prayers, study of the Word, charity and holiness of life.

MASS:  VIOLET Gen 2: 7-9; 3: 1-7; Ps 51: 3-4. 5-6. 12-13. 17; Rom 5: 12-19 or 5: 12. 17-19; Mt 4:1-11FIRST SUNDAY OFLENT

Prayer Points:

  1. Take a worship song to thank God for His goodness.
  2. Take the prayer of “Self-Surrender to God” (meditatively).
  3. Take the ”Prayer of St. Padre Pio”.
  4. God of mercy, I desire to love you and do your will. Help me, Holy Father to hate the things of this world that distract me.

Exercise:  Pray for all Users of Daily Strength Devotional for God’s protection and empowerment.

Meditation:  Psalms 63:1