INTROITUS: 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Laetetur cor quaerentium Dominum: quaerite Dominum, et confirmamini: quaerite faciem eius semper.

“The heart of those who seek the Lord shall rejoice. Seek the Lord and be strengthened, seek his face always.” (Ps 105(104):3–4)

This is not a chant for serious maturity. Its melody is a rather juvenile skipping and hopping – happy, but also a bit restless.

There is this bad joke: Philosophers are people in a completely dark room seeking a cat that is not there. Theologians are people in a completely dark room seeking a cat that is not there and shouting “I found it!”

No one knows if there is a God. Even Christians who recite the Creed every day do not know if their faith is true.

Among the requirements that the Rule of St. Benedict gives for monks are the striking words revera Deum quaerere, “truly seeking God.” (There might be a cat!)

We should not behave as if we had found the cat or as if we own the cat as our property. But the seeking itself is what makes us tap the full potential of human beings. This path can be disturbing and can make us restless. But this introit tells us: Seeking God is worth a try. You seek God? That is reason enough to be happy, even if you have not yet found.

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