3rd Wednesday of Easter – OLPH Novena (readings)
Today Our Lord tells us, “whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.”
He speaks not of a physical hunger, nor a physical thirst. But rather, Christ speaks of our deepest longing and desiring for God Himself. Without Christ, we will be forever hungry, and forever thirsty for God.
It’s as if we have this infinite black hole inside of us that can only be filled by the infinite. We try and try to fill it time and again with the created things of this world, and each and every time we find that these things don’t satisfy for more than an instant. This hole is a result of original sin, when we were originally cut off from friendship with God back in the garden.
From the instant of that first bite, mankind has been trying to fill the hole that this separation created with everything except the One who can fill it. This infinite hole requires the infinite God of the universe; nothing else can satisfy our longing.
My friends, this world of ours is filled with noise and distraction. At work, we’re surrounded by noisy coworkers, at school by noisy peers, at home by noisy TV’s and family members. When we get a moments rest often times we immediately pick up our phones, and while they might not make a sound, they still distract us with visual noise. And more often than not we seek out these distractions so that we don’t have to pay attention to that infinite hole located in our inner most being.
How then do we begin to fill that hole? How do we begin to satisfy our deepest longings and desires?
It’s only through silent contemplation, prayer, that we’ll begin to drink at the infinite well spring of the Spirit of God. It’s only in this silence that our deepest longings and desires will begin to be satisfied. But we have to seek it out, we have to make time for Christ in our lives; nothing short of making this quiet time happen will do. If we don’t put it in to our daily lives, it won’t be there, because God isn’t going to force us to speak to Him, He wants us to love Him of our own free will. So then, it’s up to each one of us to make Him a regular part of our lives by daily prayer, frequent visits to the adoration chapel, attending regularly these devotions to Our Lady of Perpetual Help, attending Mass every Sunday, and making a good confession at least monthly.
My brothers and sisters, today Our Lord tells us how to fill that hole inside of us, he says, “whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.”