In the second year of King Darius, in the sixth month, on the first day of the month, the word of the Lord came by the prophet Haggai to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest: Thus says the Lord of hosts: These people say the time has not yet come to rebuild the Lord’s house. Then the word of the Lord came by the prophet Haggai, saying: Is it a time for you yourselves to live in your paneled houses, while this house lies in ruins?
Now therefore thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider how you have fared.You have sown much, and harvested little; you eat, but you never have enough; you drink, but you never have your fill; you clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; and you that earn wages earn wages to put them into a bag with holes.
Thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider how you have fared. Go up to the hills and bring wood and build the house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored, says the Lord.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Satisfaction … We all seek different levels of satisfaction for the various aspects of our lives. Our culture says that satisfaction can be attained through our jobs, money and materialism. While these things may give us feelings of satisfaction, they cannot provide complete contentment. Even relationships with family or friends can let us down and leave us with a feeling of emptiness and dissatisfaction. It is only through the recognition and understanding of Jesus’ desire to love us and in letting ourselves be loved that we will truly be satisfied.
As the Lord said to St. Paul, and says also to us, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9) Jesus desires to fill us up with his love and mercy, but we are tasked with the hardest part, to let ourselves receive his love and mercy.
—Joseph Hamaty is the Executive Director of Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House in Lake Dallas, Texas.
Lord God, I desire to be satisfied by you. Give me the strength and courage, despite what our culture says about how satisfaction may be attained, to let myself be loved by you and bathed by your mercy. Jesus, may I always seek you and let myself be loved by you. As St. Augustine wrote in The Confessions, “our hearts are restless until they find rest in you.”
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