Memorial of Saint Athanasius, bishop, doctor of the Church
The Lord takes delight in his people. (Responsorial Psalm 149:4a)
Risen Lord, what is Your delight? We know Your purpose and we know Your nature and we know Your relationship with the Father. But do we know what delights You?
You told Your disciples, "(m)y food is to do the will of the one who sent me and to finish his work" (John 4:34). They were worried that You may have eaten food provided by a Samaritan woman. You alert them that Your work is not theirs alone to do and for them alone to benefit. May our Advocate, the Holy Spirit, be the delight that helps us remember what You have told us and satisfy us so that we do not fall away when Your delight is with another or others hatred of us because of You is their delight.
Saint Athanasius, pray for us.