Commentary on The Reading of the day provided by
Saint Anselm (1033-1109),
monk, bishop, doctor of the Church
“My heart has said of you, “Seek his face”. O Lord, I do seek your face” (Ps 26,8)
Lord, how long will it be? (Ps 6,4).
How long, Lord, will you forget us?
How long will you hide your face from us? (Ps 12,2).
When will you look upon us and hear us?
When will you enlighten our eyes and show us your face?
When will you come back to us?
Look upon us, Lord, hear us and enlighten us, show us your very self.
Return us the good of your presence amongst us, whose life is so weary without you.
Take pity on our efforts and our striving toward you, for we may do nothing without you.
Since you invite us, therefore help us.
I beg you, O Lord, do not leave me sighing of desperation; but rather let me breathe hope…May I at least be allowed to catch a glimpse of the light, even from faraway, even from the depths of hell.
Teach me to seek you, and when I seek you show yourself to me, for I cannot seek you unless you guide me, nor may I find you unless you show yourself to me.
I will seek you in desiring you and desire you in seeking you, find you in loving you and love you in finding you.