Heart speaks to heart
“What do you want?” – these are the first words of Jesus in the Gospel of John. And the people who he asked were flustered when the question was put to them – just as most of us would have been. Constantly we are being told by the media, by family and friends, what we should need or what we should want. And more often than not, those things are not what we want. Pressured, quite often in a nice way, to agree we feel as though something is missing from our lives, as though we are a little lost, as though we are running on empty.
“What do you want?” is an important question that we should ponder. We need to make space in our heads and hearts and let this question sit there and echo for a while. We need to listen long enough to find out what we hunger for. Our hunger can tell us what is important. Nearly always what we truly want deep down is love, or courage, or security or peace or passion or some other quality of the heart. And all those Jesus offers to us. Uniquely. What I want in the way of passion or love will be just that little bit different to what you want. In listening to the need of my heart and opening it to Jesus, I will desire what it truly is that I want and what I was created for.
Loving God, our hearts are restless until they rest in you. Send your Spirit into my heart that I may truly know, embrace and celebrate the unique way you have made me in your image. With Jesus as guide may I embrace your love. I ask this in his name, confident that you will hear me.
Sr Kym Harris osb