her heart.” Then he adds: “I will make you my wie or-ever... in tenderness and mercy.”
In Jesus, this desire o God or human beings becomesa fesh-and-blood reality.
Christ wanted to stay close tous orever and he paid the price or this: by his death ona cross, he went down to the lowest place, to the pointo becoming the innocent one persecuted or no reason.Now, risen rom the dead, he communicates the Holy Spirit to us, an invisible presence that draws us towardsthe ullness o God.
sorTInG ouT our dEsIrEs
The human heart overfows with an abundance o desiresand aspirations: we want so many dierent things, some-times even contradictory ones. But we also know that wecannot do or have everything. Far rom leading to sadresignation, this awareness can liberate us and help uslive in a more unimpeded way.
Yes, it is important to sort out our desires. Not all arebad, and not all are good either. We must patiently learn which to give precedence to and which to set aside.Deciding which aspirations come rst, paying atten-tion to what is ound in our depths, is already a way o listening to God. God also speaks to us through our de-sires. It is up to us to discern his voice in the midst o somany inner voices.
AwAkEnInG In oursElvEsThE dEsIrE For God
And we must let the deepest o all longings awaken in us:the desire or God!It is true that it is not easy to keep alive the spirit o wonder and adoration, since our societies set such a highvalue on eciency and doing things as quickly as pos-sible. Yet during long silences where nothing seems tohappen the Holy Spirit is at work within us, without ourknowing how.Knowing how to wait... Being present, simply, with noulterior motive. Kneeling down, recognizing that Godis present. Opening our hands in a gesture o welcome.
One day, Jesus asked a woman beside a well: “Give me adrink”(John 4:7). The rest o the story shows that, in act, hewas thirsting to communicate the git o God. On the crosshe would say again, “I am thirsty” (John 19:28). Accordingto the context, is this thirst not the ultimate expression o Jesus’ desire to give lie and in this way to communicate thegit o God?
Is it not essential to learn to cope with the incomplete andunpredictable character o our lives? The most auentsocieties oten seek to hide this reality. The main concernthen becomes to hide one’s vulnerability, orgetting thatinner aws, suering and death are also part o lie.
“I bless the Lord who has counseled me, and even by night myheart instructs me” (Psalm 16:7).
Quieting down is already an expression o openness toGod.Gestures o worship and meditation have been part o Asian cultures or centuries. Could Christians aectedby secularization nd an encouragement to renew theirprayer there? In liturgies and gatherings, inwardness canbe combined with a communal and estive dimension.
shArInG whAT wE hAvE
Letting ourselves be penetrated by the thirst or God doesnot detach us rom the concerns o the world around us.On the contrary, this thirst leads us to do all we can sothat others may enjoy the benets o creation and nd joy in living.
Sorting out our desires, accepting not to have every-thing, leads us not to monopolize wealth or ourselves.
Already in the ourth century St. Ambrose said, “It is notyour property that you distribute to the poor; you aresimply giving back to them what is theirs.”Learning not to have everything preserves us romisolation. Material afuence is oten accompanied by aturning inwards, with a loss o real communication. It would not take much or things to be dierent.
Many initiatives o sharing are within our grasp: de-veloping support networks, ostering an economy o soli-darity, welcoming immigrants, travelling in order to un-derstand other cultures and other human situations rom within, promoting twinning between towns, villages orparishes, to help those who are in need, making gooduse o new technologies to create links o mutual assist-ance.... We must be careul not to let ourselves be over- whelmed by a pessimistic vision o the uture by ocusing
Faith is not just concerned with a religious domain. Nothingthat aects the quality o lie can leave us indierent.Scientifc research, artistic expression, political, trade-unionor social commitments can be a way o serving God. To studyor teach, manage a business with humanity, devote ourselvesto our amily, expand our riendships, all this can prepare thecoming o the Kingdom o God.
A reworking o the global economic and fnancial systemcannot come about without a change in the human heart:how can the oundations o a airer system be laid as long assome continue to want to accumulate wealth at the expenseo others?
When our community prepares young adult meetings in majorcities on dierent continents, as stages o the “pilgrimage o trust on earth”, we invite thousands o amilies to welcomeinto their homes one or more young people they do not knowand whose language they may not even speak. And we seethat it takes little to reveal the goodness present in thehuman heart.