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Stay with us, O Lord - Pt 1/3
God has made us for Himself, and we cannot live without Him; we need Him, we hunger and thirst for Him; He is the only One who can satisfy our hearts. St. Paul says, “If you be risen with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is sitting at the right hand of God; mind the things that are above, not the things that are upon the earth” (Col 3:1-2). Just as physical hunger is an indication of living, so the spiritual hunger is a sign of God living in us. The soul which feels no hunger for God, is a dead soul or a weakened soul.
We read in the story of the disciples at Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35), the earnest supplication to Jesus Christ, “Stay with us”. It is the cry of the soul who has found its God and never again wishes to be separated from Him. God draws near our soul, makes Himself our traveling companion and lives in us. He may not reveal to us in clarity of the “face to face” vision which is reserved for eternity; we see Him only as “through a glass in a dark manner” (1 Cor 13:12). He alone can kindle in our hearts. The disciples at Emmaus said to themselves, “Was not our hearts burning within us whilst He spoke in the way?”. God always remains with us; it is for us to remain with Him. Let us therefore, beg Him ardently: teach us, O Lord, to stay with You, to live with You.
To be continued...
Fr. Louis Maram Reddy