Thought of the day
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Thursday of the Fourth week of Lent

Saint Ephrem (c.306-373), deacon in Syria, Doctor of the Church Diatesseron, I, 18-19

Thursday of the Fourth week of Lent

Commentary of the day 

Saint Ephrem (c.306-373), deacon in Syria, Doctor of the Church Diatesseron, I, 18-19

“ You search the scriptures... : these are the ones that testify on my behalf ”

The Word of God is like the tree of life that gives blessed fruits from every side; it is like the rock opened in the desert that becomes  spiritual drink for everyone everywhere: “All ate the same spiritual food and all drank the same spiritual drink” (1 Cor 10:3-4; Ex 17:15). 

May those who are able to get a share of one of its goods not believe that what they have found is all there is to the Word of God; may they rather realize that what they have discovered is only one amongst many others. May those who are enriched by the Word not believe that they have then impoverished the Word; as they consider that we are incapable of using up all its riches, may they give thanks for the greatness of the Word. Rejoice because the Word nourishes you, but do not be saddened since the riches of the Word are greater than you imagine! 

Those who are thirsty are happy to drink but not saddened for not being able to dry out the spring! It is better that the spring satisfies your thirst than that your thirst dry out the spring. If your thirst is quenched without exhausting the spring you will then be able to drink again every time you thirst. Otherwise, if you exhaust the spring by satisfying your thirst, your success will turn out to be your misfortune. Give thanks for what you have received and do not complain about what remains unused. What you have received and taken is your part, but what is left will be your inheritance.