November 26, 2016

St. John Berchmans, S.J.

PS 95:1-2, 3-5, 6-7AB

Marana tha! Come, Lord Jesus!

Come, let us sing joyfully to the Lord;
let us acclaim the Rock of our salvation.
Let us greet him with thanksgiving;
Let us joyfully sing praise to him.

Marana tha!  Come, Lord Jesus!

For the Lord is a great God,
And a great king above all gods;
In his hands are the depths of the earth,
And the tops of the mountains are his.

Marana tha! Come, Lord Jesus!
Come, let us bow down in worship;
Let us kneel before the Lord who made us.
For he is our God, and we are the people he shepherds,
The flock he guides.  Marana tha!  Come, Lord Jesus!

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Marana tha! Come, Lord Jesus!

Longing seems like such a useless emotion. It doesn’t make the thing longed for come any faster. It seems to only make the one who longs unsatisfied, frustrated even. It’s not what one could call a ‘peaceful’ feeling, but one that upsets stability, seeming to condemn the present because it does not contain the future longed-for thing or person. It makes the person who feels it unsettled, aware of their incompleteness, their unhappiness, and of their inability to bring about what is desired. Who needs it!

And yet, the psalm response this last day of the Church year asks us to focus on the longing of our hearts, the cry “Marana tha!” The good thing about this longing is it reminds us that, while we look to find God in all things here, the fullness of God is ahead, in the future. So perhaps we can put up with a little frustration right now.

What are the longings, the desires of your heart?  

—Fr. Dennis Dillon, S.J. serves as pastoral minister at St. Mary Student Parish in Ann Arbor, MI. He is also an avid stamp collector and accomplished magician.

Prayer

For all that has been, thanks!                        
For all that is still to come, yes!

Marana tha!

 


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November 26, 2016

St. John Berchmans, S.J.

PS 95:1-2, 3-5, 6-7AB

Marana tha! Come, Lord Jesus!

Come, let us sing joyfully to the Lord;
let us acclaim the Rock of our salvation.
Let us greet him with thanksgiving;
Let us joyfully sing praise to him.

Marana tha!  Come, Lord Jesus!

For the Lord is a great God,
And a great king above all gods;
In his hands are the depths of the earth,
And the tops of the mountains are his.

Marana tha! Come, Lord Jesus!
Come, let us bow down in worship;
Let us kneel before the Lord who made us.
For he is our God, and we are the people he shepherds,
The flock he guides.  Marana tha!  Come, Lord Jesus!

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Marana tha! Come, Lord Jesus!

Longing seems like such a useless emotion. It doesn’t make the thing longed for come any faster. It seems to only make the one who longs unsatisfied, frustrated even. It’s not what one could call a ‘peaceful’ feeling, but one that upsets stability, seeming to condemn the present because it does not contain the future longed-for thing or person. It makes the person who feels it unsettled, aware of their incompleteness, their unhappiness, and of their inability to bring about what is desired. Who needs it!

And yet, the psalm response this last day of the Church year asks us to focus on the longing of our hearts, the cry “Marana tha!” The good thing about this longing is it reminds us that, while we look to find God in all things here, the fullness of God is ahead, in the future. So perhaps we can put up with a little frustration right now.

What are the longings, the desires of your heart?  

—Fr. Dennis Dillon, S.J. serves as pastoral minister at St. Mary Student Parish in Ann Arbor, MI. He is also an avid stamp collector and accomplished magician.

Prayer

For all that has been, thanks!                        
For all that is still to come, yes!

Marana tha!

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!