Sunday, August 20, 2023

Bernard: to seek and to find

Sunday, August 20, 2023
    Feast of Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux, Teacher, 1153
    Commemoration of William & Catherine Booth, Founders of the Salvation Army, 1912 & 1890
But may all who seek you
    rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who love your salvation always say,
    “Let God be exalted!”
    —Psalm 70:4 (NIV)
    Here is a paradox, that no one can seek the Lord who has not already found Him. It is Thy will, O God, to be found that Thou mayest be sought, to be sought that Thou mayest the more truly be found.
    ... Bernard of Clairvaux (1091-1153), On Loving God, CCEL, ch. 7 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 70:4; 27:8; 105:3-4; Amos 5:4; Matt. 6:33; 7:7; Luke 12:31; John 6:27; Heb. 11:6; 1 John 4:19
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have found me so that I might find You.
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