June 9th, 2008
1 Kings 17:1-7 / Mt 5:1-12
“Desperation” has many meanings. It can mean, as in today’s Old Testament reading, that there’s a famine, no more food or water and we’re facing death. It can mean that we’ve just lost everything and have gone from rich to poor in a millisecond. It can mean that we’re guilty, the police have the evidence, and they’re at the front door.
Desperation takes many shapes, but the most desperate of all is that terrible state of inner exhaustion when we can see no hope and we are separated from the future by a blank wall.
In some form or other, moments like that come to all of us, when we cannot see tomorrow, and when today makes us recoil and turn away. Those are the times when we discover who we really are, and when we discover who God really is. For to those whose hearts are battered and broken God can bring a special gift. The gift comes precisely because they are so weary that they finally do what they ought to have done much earlier — and that is relax, open up, and let him in.
An open heart always gets filled. So why wait until you’re battered and weary? Open your heart now and let the Lord bless you and fill you full!
by Monsignor Dennis Clark, Ph.D.