October 8, 2020

Today marks twenty-eight years from the day I gave birth to my firstborn, and the memory is as fresh as ever. I remember grabbing my bag to head on to the hospital, and the mix of thoughts and emotions that flooded my whole being. There was excitement, fear, relief, apprehension, but above all, there was expectation. The room was ready, and the crib was up, the car seat was installed…. All that was left now was to go through labor and bring home my baby. There are no words to express what I felt the first time I laid eyes on my newborn son. All the waiting, all the hoping… all was now satisfied by love. That moment passed, and life went on, but I still have the memory of that moment when I found what I was looking for.

God speaks to us through our desires. Seek, and you shall find…. There is a tension in the seeking, an invisible thread of hope that tethers us to the object of our desire. Like the tension on a fishing rod, it lets us know to keep on reeling in, to persevere. The struggle is necessary, for it is what feeds our hope, for everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks finds.

Have you ever looked at Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and just knew he was the one? Have you ever, if only for a moment, heard your heart whisper, I found him whom my soul loves (Song of Songs 3:4)? I have, and the memory of that moment keeps me coming back for more.

Have you ever looked at your brother who is suffering and, if only for a moment, heard your heart whisper, I found him whom my soul loves? Can you feel the tension pulling from the cross?

Let us pray:

Open our hearts, O Lord, to listen to the words of your Son. (Acts 16:14b)


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About Ivonne Hernandez

Ivonne is an Associate of the Blessed Sacrament at St Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Holiday, Florida.