Thursday in the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time
They have their fill of the prime gifts of your house; from your delightful stream you give them to drink. (Psalm 36:9)
Father in heaven, the prophet Jeremiah tells Israel that they have dug cisterns for themselves that hold no water; the wells were broken the moment they began to dig. In the land of promise, the people asked, "Where is the water?" without first asking, "Where is the Lord?"
Sharbel Makhluf was a monk and priest of the Marionite Rite who spent many years as a hermit in his home country of Lebanon. His example can lead us to Your words, "I remember the devotion of your youth...following me in the desert, in a land unknown." You are the source of life; may I first direct my attention to Your life-giving stream, Jesus, thirsting for life through Him that will give me my fill.
Saint Sharbel Makhluf, pray for us.