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Something to think and pray about this week

Let us presume that we have this desire to know-love Jesus. What is it that we want? We want to develop a friendship. But how do we develop any friendship?…You do it by trying to spend time with the other and by asking the other to tell you about him- or herself. That means looking and listening; it means contemplating.

When we look and listen to the other, what do we want to know? We want to know the other’s heart, his or her likes and dislikes, loves and hates, joys and sadness, don’t we?…Of course, you want some information about this person whom you want to get to know better. You would like to know where the person is from, how many brothers and sisters the person has, what schools he or she went to, and so on. But would you be satisfied with that? What else would you like to know?

You would want to know how the person felt about his or her family, birthplace, schools. You want to know the heart: the moods, the passions, the likes and dislikes, the values of the person. And ultimately you want to know how the person feels about you. So too, we want to know what and who Jesus cares about, values, loves, and hates.

Excerpted from Seek My Face by William A. Barry, SJ