Tuesday of the Third week of Easter
"Lord, give us this bread always"
The prophet says: “You who are thirsty, come to the water” (Is 55:1). This is the water of those who are thirsty, not those who have drunk their fill. It calls out to those who hunger and thirst, those whom it also calls blessed (Mt 5:6), whose thirst is never satisfied and whose thirst increases all the more in that they have already been watered at its source. Therefore, brethren, we ought to long for the fountain of wisdom, the Word of God in the heights: we should seek it, we should love it. Within it are hidden, as the apostle Paul says: “all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col 2:3) and it invites all those who are thirsty to drink them in.
If you are thirsty, go, drink at the fountain of life. If you are hungry, eat the bread of life. Blessed are those who hunger for this bread and thirst for this fountain. Endlessly drinking and eating they still desire to drink and eat; this food is sweet and sweet is this drink. We eat and we drink but we are still hungry and we thirst still more; our desire is satisfied and we do not cease desiring. Therefore the prophet-king David cries out: “Taste and see how good the Lord is” (Ps 33:9). That is why, brethren, we follow our call. Life, the fountain of living water, the fountain of eternal life, the fountain of light and source of brightness itself invites us to come and drink (Jn 7:37). There we shall find wisdom and life, eternal light. There we shall drink the water of life, springing up to eternal life (Jn 4:14).
Saint Columbanus (563-615), monk, founder of monasteries
Spiritual instruction, 13,3